For those who have only read his more recent books, do yourself a favor and go back to this brilliant early novel. The first of an outstanding trilogy, this novel introduces us to John Grady Cole, a character who will stand beside the creations of Faulkner and Steinbeck in the Great American Character's Hall of Fame.
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The first volume in the Border Trilogy, from the bestselling author of The Passenger and the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Road
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.
Look for Cormac McCarthy's latest novels, The Passenger and Stella Maris.
About the Author
The novels of the American writer, Cormac McCarthy, have received a number of literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His works adapted to film include All the Pretty Horses, The Road, and No Country for Old Men—the latter film receiving four Academy Awards, including the award for Best Picture. He died in 2023.
"Rambunctious, high-spirited ... All the Pretty Horses is a true American original." —Newsweek