Multcolib Picks: If you like Cormac McCarthy
Annotation:The author presents a vision of human folly, and gritty, sympathetic portraits of men and women desperate for an end to their loneliness, whether in sex or death or by the grace of God.
Annotation:A breakthrough novel that pits young kingpins against a Mexican drug cartel, "Savages "is a provocative, sexy, and sharply funny thrill ride through the dark side of the war on drugs and beyond.
Annotation:Harry, an elderly man, tells the story of a series of events that occurred in his 11th year, when the mutilated, murdered bodies of prostitutes began turning up in the county where his father was the local constable.
Annotation:Through a series of short stories, Saunders paints a thought-provoking picture at a somewhat futuristic world and its beleaguered inhabitants.
Annotation:The story of Hazel Motes, a twenty-two-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his desperate yet personal faith. He falls under the spell of a "blind" street preacher and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter. In an ironic, malicious gesture of his own non-faith, Hazel founds the The Church Without Christ, but is still thwarted in his efforts to lose God.
Annotation:One critic wrote that the world William Gay writes about is "a countryside so beleaguered and desolate even the dead were fleeing it."
Annotation:A dark allegorical masterpiece based on the author's own traumatic experiences in the Belgian Congo, recounts the voyage of Marlow up the Congo River in search of the mysterious Mr. Kurtz - a white trader whose domination of the local natives had transformed him into a depraved and abominable tyrant.
Annotation:Lou Ford is the deputy sheriff of a small town in Texas. The worst thing most people can say against him is that he's a little slow and a little boring. But, then, most people don't know about the sickness--the sickness that almost got Lou put away when he was younger. The sickness that is about to surface again.
Annotation:The author imagines an America of the future where a man and a woman trek across a devastated and dangerous landscape, finding strength in each other and an unexpected love. Once the safest, most prosperous place on earth, the United States is now a lawless, scantly populated wasteland.
Annotation:What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits? And what happens when this forces humanity to the cusp of post-human evolution?
Annotation:When a frontier baron hires gunslingers Charlie and Eli Sisters to kill a prospector named Herman Kermit Warm, the brothers journey from Oregon to San Francisco, and eventually to Warm's claim in the Sierra foothills, running into a witch, a bear, a dead Indian, a parlor of drunken floozies, and a gang of murderous fur trappers.
Annotation:A scorching portrait of guilt and lost innocence, atonement and retribution, resilience and sacrifice, pregnant obsession and primal adolescence.
Annotation:In the late summer of 1831, in a remote section of southeastern Virginia, there took place the only effective, sustained revolt in the annals of American slavery.
Annotation:A parable of loss and disorientation and a vivid evocation of the horrors of the twentieth century, Saramago portrays man's worst appetites and weaknesses.
Annotation:America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst the destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive.
Annotation:Based on incidents that took place in the southwestern United States and Mexico around 1850, this novel chronicles the crimes of a band of outlaws, with a particular focus on one, "the kid," a boy of fourteen.
Annotation:John Grady Cole, a 16-year-old dispossessed Texan, crosses the Rio Grande into Mexico in 1949, accompanied by his pal Lacey Rawlins. The two precocious horsemen pick up a sidekick--a laughable but deadly marksman named Jimmy Blevins--encounter various adventures on their way south and finally arrive at a paradisiacal hacienda where Cole falls into an ill-fated romance.
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Cormac McCarthy has a unique style, writing stories that are psychological, intense and often unremittingly bleak. Here are some more authors to try after you've exhausted all of Cormac McCarthy's works.