Novelist Cormac McCarthy made a big splash in the literary world a few years back with this Border Trilogy, epic novels that captured the adventurous (and violent) spirit of the Texas-Mexico borderlands in the early decades of the twentieth century.
McCarthy's most recent book, The Road, now out in paperback, has also made a splash. It's the current pick of the revived Oprah Book Club, a fact which is likely to boost sales and bring more attention to the reclusive author. We haven't read The Road, but the reviews have been mostly positive. It's a survival story, which makes it sound rather bleak.
If his earlier books (Child of God, Blood Meridian, All the Pretty Horses, Cities of the Plain) are any clue, McCarthy's new book will be dense, beautiful and terrifying all at the same time. The Road is worth a look.