Short Story Sunday: Wake for Susan

Now known as the man behind the novels that inspired No Country For Old Men, The Road, and Child Of God, Cormac McCarthy has become famous for his violent and bleak works of fiction. While I have not yet had the pleasure of reading one of his novels (though No Country is one of my favorite movies), I did find a copy of one of his early short stories “Wake for Susan“.

The story tells of a young man imagining the life of a woman whose headstone he sees in a rundown graveyard. While not so violent or necessarily bleak as the tales McCarthy has become known for, it is still a strange and somewhat haunting tale. It’s also a very short read, so it’s easy to get through quickly.

If you’re a fan of McCarthy’s work or you want to get a taste of his writing without having to commit to reading a novel, then I certainly recommend that you check out this story.


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