Looking Forward to McCarthy's Duology

We asked Stefen what book releases he's looking forward to this year.  This is what he has to say about The Passenger and Stella Maris:

It’s not every year you get a new Cormac McCarthy novel.  It’s not even every decade. But this year, we get two.  Should somebody check if this is mentioned in any prophecies?

Don’t get me wrong, this is wonderful news, I’m giddy that this is happening, but there’s just something about the timing.  It’s 2022, after all we’ve been through, and the author of Blood Meridian and The Road is coming out with a duology about the creation of the Atomic Bomb. The mind trembles.

The Passenger will be released on October 25 and Stella Maris comes out November 22.  Preorder yours today!


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Part One: The Passenger

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.

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Part Two: Stella Maris

1972, BLACK RIVER FALLS, WISCONSIN: Alicia Western, twenty years old, with forty thousand dollars in a plastic bag, admits herself to the hospital. A doctoral candidate in mathematics at the University of Chicago, Alicia has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, and she does not want to talk about her brother, Bobby. Instead, she contemplates the nature of madness, the human insistence on one common experience of the world; she recalls a childhood where, by the age of seven, her own grandmother feared for her; she surveys the intersection of physics and philosophy; and she introduces her cohorts, her chimeras, the hallucinations that only she can see. All the while, she grieves for Bobby, not quite dead, not quite hers. Told entirely through the transcripts of Alicia’s psychiatric sessions, Stella Maris is a searching, rigorous, intellectually challenging coda to The Passenger, a philosophical inquiry that questions our notions of God, truth, and existence.

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