True Grit: A Novel

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Overlook, Aug 28, 2007 - Fiction - 240 pages
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Charles Portis has long been acclaimed as one of America’s foremost writers. True Grit is the basis for two movies, the 1969 classic starring John Wayne and the Academy AwardŽ winning 2010 version starring Jeff Bridges and written and directed by the Coen brothers.
True Grit tells the story of Mattie Ross, who is just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shoots her father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash. Mattie leaves home to avenge her father’s blood. With the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available U.S. Marshal, by her side, Mattie pursues the homicide into Indian Territory. True Grit is eccentric, cool, straight, and unflinching, like Mattie herself. From a writer of true status, this is an American classic through and through.
This mass-market edition includes an afterword by award-winning Donna Tartt, author of The Little Friend and The Secret History.

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This is one of my favorite books of all time. This book is a must read. I don't like writing long reviews because that's how spoilers happen. But in a nut shell, the characters are great. Maddie, who ... Read full review

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This was a really good book! I liked it a lot and the interesting style of narration made it a very good read. I especially love the character development and the headstrong, independent Mattie Ross. I would recommend this book to people who like classics and old western gunfights. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Charles Portis lives in Arkansas, where he was born and educated. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War, was the London bureau chief of the New York Herald-Tribune, and was a writer for The New Yorker.

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