Bibliography

Cities of the Plain: In this final volume of The Border Trilogy, two men marked by the boyhood adventures of All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing now stand together, in the still point between their vivid pasts and uncertain futures, to confront a country changing or already changed beyond recognition.


The Crossing: In this mesmerizing novel, the second volume in the Border Trilogy, Cormac McCarthy lays bare the mythic skeleton of the American West, telling the story of a ruinous quest for a dubious grail, undertaken by a hero who only guesses what he is looking for and is cruelly diminished by the things he finds.

"The Crossing generates an immense and sorrowful power. . . . [It is] a soul-shaking novel." --Washington Post


All the Pretty Horses: The award-winning national bestseller and the first volume in Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy, All the Pretty Horses is the tale of John Grady Cole, who at sixteen finds himself at the end of a long line of Texas ranchers, cut off from the only life he has ever imagined for himself. With two companions, he sets off for Mexico on a sometimes idyllic, sometimes comic journey to a place where dreams are paid for in blood. Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction.

"A modern-day Western full of horses and gunplay and romance, it transcends the bounds of its genre with rambunctious, high-spirited, bottomless inventiveness. All the Pretty Horses is a true American original." --Newsweek


Blood Meridian: An epic work that probes the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion, tracing the fortunes of a fourteen-year-old boy who stumbles into the nightmarish world along the Texas-Mexico border.

"This book reads like a conflation of the Inferno, the Iliad, and Moby Dick. . . an extraordinary, breathtaking achievement." --John Banville


Suttree: The story of Cornelius Suttree, who has forsaken a life of privilege with his prominent family to live among an outcast community of eccentrics, criminals, and squatters on the banks of the Tennessee River.

"Suttree may be [McCarthy's] magnun opus. . . . [It is] probably the funniest and most unbearably sad of [his] books. . . which seem to me unsurpassed in American literature." --Stanley Booth


Child of God: In this taut, chilling novel, Lester Ballard--a violent, dispossessed man falsely accused of rape--haunts the hill country of East Tennessee when he is released from jail. While telling his story, Cormac McCarthy depicts the most sordid aspects of life with dignity, humor, and characteristic lyrical brilliance.

"A reading experience so impressive. . . [it] seems almost to defy the easy aesthetic categories. . . accomplished in rare, spare, precise yet poetic prose." --New Republic


Outer Dark: Sometime around the turn of the century, a brother and sister in search of their son wander separately through a countryside being scourged by three terrifying and elusive strangers, moving headlong toward an eerie, apocalyptic resolution.

"A perfectly executed work of the imagination, [McCarthy] has made the fabulous real, the ordinary mysterious." --The New York Times


The Orchard Keeper: Set in rural Tennessee in the years between the two world wars, Cormac McCarthy's first novel tells of a young boy, an outlaw, and a bootlegger, who, together with the boy's uncle, become unlikely heroes.

"Rich with life's substance, intriguingly patterned, quickly modulant of mood, brilliant in style, and engagingly fresh as well as authentic." --Chicago Tribune