|All Three Novels|
|All the Pretty Horses|
The McCarthy trilogy consists of All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing, and Cities of the Plain. My favorite is the first, maybe because it's the first McCarthy book I had ever read, and I was just blown away. I remember reading this book pretty clearly. I was living in Florida (maybe 1996 or 1997), and I was looking for a book to bring to the beach, saw this sitting on a paperback table and picked it up because....the cover was gorgeous. I know, but let's not start judging now. [Too late.] I went back to the bookstore (Books & Books in Miami) and bought The Crossing (I also picked up Blood Meridian which may actually be my favorite McCarthy book - I can't decide). I think I was making about $10 an hour back in '96, so where I got the money to buy so many books in a week is beyond me. [Petty theft? Prostitution? Blackmail?]
|Cities of the Plain|
Of course as I am finishing writing this, it's occurred to me that I also love William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County novels (though he set many short stories here as well). Perhaps this is a blog post for another time. Actually, I think both Liz and I love Faulkner so that might be a road trip in the making. Absalom, Absalom! is my favorite by the way. It has a map.
Since Gianna is breaking the rules, though, I am too. I'm going with Mary Karr's memoir trilogy, The Liars' Club, Cherry, and Lit. We've written about Mary Karr quite a bit, and particularly The Liars' Club, which holds a special place for me because it's set in the rural patch of hell where I also grew up. That said, though, at the moment I think I appreciate the introspection and adult struggles confronted in Lit more. Having read her first two books, I needed to know how the scrapping little East Texas kid became a literature professor and renowned poet. I needed to know how she survived, and I needed to know that her journey hasn't ended. Lit is equal parts book lover's dream and redemptive addiction story, and Mary Karr's use of language is brilliant.