And speaking Cormac McCarthy…the guy is unarguably the best American writer working today. I have read almost all of his novels (The Border Trilogy being the exception) and they’re all brilliant.
The Orchard Keeper was his first novel. Published in 1965, out all that I’ve read this one is my least favorite. Set around the Tennessee Appalachian Mountains before WWII, It centers around three different characters, one of which is a Marion Sylder, a bootlegger, who kills a man and then unknowingly takes up with the mans son, acting as a surrogate father to the boy.
It’s a great book even being a little slow.