A well-deserved winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2007, "The Road" is a post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son trying to survive a brutal world with minimal resources. McCarthy's prose is first class. He blends vivid descriptions of a desolate landscape with flashbacks of family life and an urgent father/son love that must drive the son to come of age too early. Themes of isolation, hope and primal survivalist mentality flood the pages.
In 2009 the book was adapted into an Academy Award nominated film by the same name starring Viggo Mortensen, Robert Duvall, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Charlize Theron.