Cities of the plain

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Vintage International, May 25, 1999 - Fiction - 304 pages
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In this magnificent new novel, the National Book Award-winning author of All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing fashions a darkly beautiful elegy for the American frontier.  

The setting is New Mexico in 1952, where John Grady Cole and Billy Parham are working as ranch hands. To the North lie the proving grounds of Alamogordo; to the South, the twin cities of El Paso and Juarez, Mexico. Their life is made up of trail drives and horse auctions and stories told by campfire light. It is a life that is about to change forever, and John Grady and Billy both know it.

The catalyst for that change appears in the form of a beautiful, ill-starred Mexican prostitute.  When John Grady falls in love, Billy agrees--against his better judgment--to help him rescue the girl from her suavely brutal pimp. The ensuing events resonate with the violence and inevitability of classic tragedy.   Hauntingly beautiful, filled with sorrow, humor and awe, Cities of the Plain is a genuine American epic.

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Superb, evocative writing. - Goodreads
It's hard to read such a book and not give it 5 stars. - Goodreads
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A beautiful ending to the Border trilogy. - Goodreads

Review: Cities of the Plain (The Border Trilogy #3)

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A stunning conclusion to a beautiful trilogy of literature. These three books are a literary marvel, and those who call Cormac McCarthy "nothing less than our greatest living writer" are absolutely correct. Read full review

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Suspenseful conclusion to an amazing trilogy. It always takes me a bit of time to get into these books, but once I'm on the same wavelength as CM's writing style, I can't put it down. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Cormac McCarthy received the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for All the Pretty Horses.

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