Uniting the central characters from All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing, Cities of the Plain is a tragedy not only of the passing of youth, but also of American life itself "…a masterpiece … McCarthy’s prose is so melodious that it demands to be read out aloud." Sunday Times
In the fall of 1952, John Grady Cole and Billy Parham, marked by the boyhood adventures of All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing, now stand together as cowboys on a New Mexico ranch encroached upon from the north by the military. To the south, always on the horizon, are the mountains of Mexico, and one of these two is drawn, by a love as dangerous as it is inevitable, beyond those mountains, drawn to cross the border, again and again.
Cities of the Plain – with its magisterial prose, humour both wry and outright, fierce conviction and unwavering humanity – tells of the land, of the horses, and most of all of the men and the women they love and mourn, of their memories and their dreams.