Suddenly I liked cowboy stories. Retired Texas Rangers, cattle drives, small western town shenanigans, what it means to get old, humor, drama (and, oh, the radishes!). This is why I read: a fictional world in which you can hide, a story you don’t want to end. Recommended By Doug C., Powells.com
I hate westerns so much, but my entire family read Lonesome Dove, and I got shamed into reading it! Nice, huh? It's a good thing I did, because this 1986 Pulitzer Prize winner is an absolute masterpiece. McMurtry's storytelling skills are at their peak here, and it is one hell of a book. Take it from this western-hater: you will love this! Recommended By Dianah H., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
The Pulitzer Prize–winning American classic of the American West that follows two aging Texas Rangers embarking on one last adventure. An epic of the frontier, Lonesome Dove is the grandest novel ever written about the last defiant wilderness of America.
Journey to the dusty little Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers. Richly authentic, beautifully written, always dramatic, Lonesome Dove is a book to make us laugh, weep, dream, and remember.
“If you read only one western novel in your life, read Lonesome Dove.” USA Today
"The finest novel that McMurtry has yet accomplished . . . Lonesome Dove has all the action anyone could possibly imagine . . . [and] both in general and in details, the authority of exact authenticity . . . superb." Chicago Tribune
“Everything about Lonesome Dove feels true . . . These are real people, and they are still larger than life.” Nicholas Lemann, The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Larry McMurtry (1936–2021) was the author of twenty-nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Lonesome Dove, three memoirs, two collections of essays, and more than thirty screenplays. He lived in Archer City, Texas.