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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lonesome Dove
comes a powerful coming-of-age novel set in the American West. In Thalia, Texas, Larry McMurtry epitomizes small-town America and through characters reintroduced in Texasville
and Duane's Depressed
, captures the ecstasy and heartbreak of adolescence. The Last Picture Show
is one of Larry McMurtry's most memorable novels, and the basis for the enormously popular movie of the same name. Set in a small, dusty, Texas town, The Last Picture Show
introduced the characters of Jacy, Duane, and Sonny: teenagers stumbling toward adulthood, discovering the beguiling mysteries of sex and the even more baffling mysteries of love. Populated by a wonderful cast of eccentrics and animated by McMurtry's wry and raucous humor, The Last Picture Show
is a wild, heartbreaking, and poignant novel that resonates with the magical passion of youth.
The New York Times Book Review
McMurtry is an alchemist who converts the basest materials to gold; the sexual encounters are sad, funny, touching, sometimes horrifying, but always honest, always human.
Los Angeles Times
McMurtry can transform ordinary words into highly lyrical, poetic passages. He presents human dramas with sympathy and compassion that make us care about his characters in ways that most novelists can't.
The Boston Globe
There aren't many writers around who are as much fun to read as Larry McMurtry.