Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9781439156407, 288pp.
Publication Date: June 1, 2010
The Thalia Finale: Readers have followed the life of Duane through The Last Picture Show, Texasville, Duane's Depressed, and When the Light Goes . Rhino Ranch, the final episode in Duane's saga, represents the end of an era and is the most unusual and compelling novel in the series.
Irony, romance, and cycle of life: Duane comes back from a near-fatal heart attack to discover that his new neighbor has recently opened a rhino preserve on her property. As he watches his world change around him, he reminisces on love affairs past and the missed opportunities he now regrets. Rhino Ranch is a bittersweet and fitting end to this iconic series, a tribute to all of the emotion, hilarity, whimsy, and poignancy that readers have followed across decades.
“A droll and poignant dramedy, Rhino Ranch is a near-perfect coda to the minor masterwork of Texas’s greatest novelist.”
“Nobody depicts the complexities of smalltown Texas life and the frailties of human relationships better than McMurtry.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“[Duane] and his friends in the fictional Texas town of Thalia made me laugh and nearly made me cry, and they made me think about life…”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram