Frances and Bernard is a small jewel of a novel. It’s a fictionalized account of the friendship and love affair between novelist Flannery O’Connor (Frances) and poet Robert Lowell (Bernard) composed as a series of letters between the two with letters to other friends occasionally interspersed. Author Carlene Bauer fully captures the life of the mind of this literary pair and in so doing illuminates the intellectual and religious concerns of the urban American elite in the 1950s and 1960s. Bower is the author of the memoir, Not That Kind of Girl and also writes for Slate, Salon, Elle, and the New York Times. Watch for more from her. I know that I will.