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National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

A New York Times Notable Book
One of the Best Books of the Year
The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Denver Post, The Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, New York, People, Rocky Mountain News, Time, The Village Voice, The Washington Post

The searing, postapocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy's masterpiece.

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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The Road
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Great Book!
May 19th, 2015
The Road by Cormac McCarthy is a fantastic read. I have not seen the movie yet, but want to see and compare.
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One of my favorite books
December 7th, 2014
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I loved the way the author depicts the father-son relationship. All the psychology behind every choice the father has to make, every difficult choice he has to make to keep his son safe, that was one of my favorite part. Overall it's a great post apocalyptic book. I recommend it to everyone.
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A truly compelling read.
November 4th, 2014
I think I read this book in 3 sittings. Page to page, chapter to chapter - the story evolved in a way that I couldn't bring myself to stop reading.
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Great Book
March 28th, 2014
The words are like poetry with a story that leaves you wondering.
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Reflective and Insightful
December 29th, 2013
An amazing book! Strongly recommend it!
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October 7th, 2013
Great read!
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