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.
Cormac McCarthy was born in Rhode Island on July 20, 1933. He went to the University of Tennessee in 1951. Two years later, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served four years. He returned to the university in 1957 and began to publish articles and novels. All the Pretty Horses, which was published in 1992 became a publishing sensation, and became a New York Times bestseller. It finally gave McCarthy the wide readership that had eluded him for many years.