Based on incidents that took place in the southwestern United States and Mexico around 1850, this novel chronicles the crimes of a band of desperados, with a particular focus on one, "the kid," a boy of fourteen
"McCarthy is a writer to be read, to be admired, and quite honestly-envied."
"McCarthy is a born narrator, and his writing has, line by line, the stab of actuality. He is here to stay."
-Robert Penn Warren
From the Hardcover edition.
Cormac McCarthy was born in Rhode Island in1933 and spent most of his childhood near Knoxville, Tennessee. He served in the U.S. Air Force and later studied at the University of Tennessee. In 1976 he moved to El Paso, Texas, where he lives today. McCarthy's fiction parallels his movement from the Southeast to the West--the first four novels being set in Tennessee, the last three in the Southwest and Mexico.
The Orchard Keeper (1965) won the Faulkner Award for a first novel; it was followed by
Outer Dark (1968),
Child of God (1973),
Blood Meridian (1985),
All the Pretty Horses, which won both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award for fiction in 1992, and