Stella Maris

Stella Maris

by Cormac McCarthy
Stella Maris

Stella Maris

by Cormac McCarthy


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Cormac McCarthy is a masterpiece machine, and here he writes an entire story in dialogue. Meant to be a companion to The Passenger designed to unlock its secrets, Stella Maris nonetheless works on its own as a fascinating lens into the human psyche. This is pure brilliance from a rare author who never falters.

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • The second volume of The Passenger series, from The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Road • An intimate portrait of grief and longing, as a young woman in a psychiatric facility seeks to understand her own existence.

"The richest and strongest work of McCarthy’s career…An achievement greater than Blood Meridian…or…The Road.” —The Atlantic

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307389107
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/26/2023
Series: Vintage International
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 35,901
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

About The Author
The novels of the American writer, Cormac McCarthy, have received a number of literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His works adapted to film include All the Pretty Horses, The Road, and No Country for Old Men—the latter film receiving four Academy Awards, including the award for Best Picture. He died in 2023.
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