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The Passenger

The Passenger


Book Overview: The Passenger

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER - The first of a two-volume masterpiece, The Passenger series, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Road - The story of a salvage diver, haunted by loss, afraid of the watery deep, pursued for a conspiracy beyond his understanding, and longing for a death he cannot reconcile with God.


"Blends the rowdy humor of some of McCarthy's early novels with the parched tone of his more apocalyptic later work." --The New York Times

Stella Maris, the second volume in The Passenger series, is available now.

1980, PASS CHRISTIAN, MISSISSIPPI: It is three in the morning when Bobby Western zips the jacket of his wet suit and plunges from the Coast Guard tender into darkness. His dive light illuminates the sunken jet, nine bodies still buckled in their seats, hair floating, eyes devoid of speculation. Missing from the crash site are the pilot's flight bag, the plane's black box, and the tenth passenger. But how? A collateral witness to machinations that can only bring him harm, Western is shadowed in body and spirit--by men with badges; by the ghost of his father, inventor of the bomb that melted glass and flesh in Hiroshima; and by his sister, the love and ruin of his soul.

Traversing the American South, from the garrulous barrooms of New Orleans to an abandoned oil rig off the Florida coast, The Passenger is a breathtaking novel of morality and science, the legacy of sin, and the madness that is human consciousness.

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Publication Date2022-10-25
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Cormac McCarthy is a highly respected and acclaimed American novelist with a writing career that spans six decades. Born Charles McCarthy Jr. on July 20, 1933 in Rhode Island, he later renamed himself after the famous Irish king Cormac mac Airt. His virtuosic prose and storytelling abilities have garnered the respect of readers worldwide, known for his gritty portrayals of characters on the fringes of society and an evocative sense of place that reveals the raw beauty and desolation of the American landscape. McCarthy published his first novel, "The Orchard Keeper," in 1965, but it was "All The Pretty Horses," the first novel in his Border Trilogy, that gained him widespread renown, winning the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992. His 2005 novel, "No Country for Old Men," was subsequently adapted into an Oscar-winning film by Joel and Ethan Coen, further cementing his status as one of America's premier contemporary novelists. Despite his significant achievements, McCarthy has remained an enigmatic figure, shying away from public appearances and media interviews. He has received various prestigious accolities throughout his career, including the Pulitzer Prize for his post-apocalyptic novel, "The Road," a testament of a father's love for his son in a bleak and desolate world. With an oeuvre of works that continually push the boundaries of American literature, Cormac McCarthy has cemented his place as an iconic storyteller, whose works encapsulate the human condition with profound depth, reality, and artistry.


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