The Crossing

The Crossing

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'The Crossing is like a river in full spate: beautiful and dangerous' The Times 

The second volume of Cormac McCarthy's legendary Border Trilogy, a young boy comes of age in the desolate mountains of the Mexican border.

Set on the south-western ranches in the years before the Second World War, Cormac McCarthy's The Crossing follows the fortunes of sixteen-year-old Billy Parham and his younger brother Boyd. Fascinated by an elusive wolf that has been marauding his family's property, Billy captures the animal - but rather than kill it, sets out impulsively for the mountains of Mexico to return it to where it came from.

When Billy comes back to his own home he finds himself and his world irrevocably changed. His loss of innocence has come at a price, and once again the border beckons with its desolate beauty and cruel promise.

This edition is part of the Picador Collection, a new list of the best in contemporary literature published in Picador's 50th Anniversary year. McCarthy's eagerly anticipated new novels, The Passenger and Stella Maris, will be published by Picador in October 2022.

Historical fiction


Cormac McCarthy

448 pages

H: 196mm W: 130mm Spine: 29mm

Weight: 314 grams