Column: Author’s work reveals danger in being unwelcoming

Flannery O’Connor is an author appreciated by people who are willing to have their assumptions challenged. However, those satisfied with the world and our country as they are should never read her fiction.

One of O’Connor’s most riveting stories, “The Displaced Person,” has been in my thoughts a great deal recently as I have been reading about the flood of immigrant mothers and children from Central America who are seeking to enter our country.

The setting for “The Displaced Person” is a farm in the American South shortly after World War II. Mrs. MacIntyre has heeded the appeal of the local priest and agreed to hire a Polish family displaced by the war and its aftermath.

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