Cormac McCarthy’s “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius”

Cormac McCarthy, 89, has a new novel — two, actually. And they’re almost perfect. I mean, you couldn’t find a more perfect love story than this one. They’re both about two people who love different people, but they’re each other’s only hope of finding happiness and living a good life and doing the things that make them happy right now.

And then there’s the twist.

One of McCarthy’s novels takes place in the past, and it’s called the Old Country and, coincidentally, one day there’s a fire and someone gets trapped in time and you can’t even remember the past. McCarthy’s first novel takes place in the future and it’s titled In Cold Blood and someone in this time-traveling universe is trapped behind bars — and the person from the Old Country is the person who will eventually get him out of that sentence.

Which is where the plot comes into play. In both stories, it’s the woman who makes the sacrifices to stay with the man who is trapped and tortured day after day and who is finally able to overcome the love he’s denied her for so long. Both women are at different points in their lives where they’re trying to be happy and live great lives, and then to have their lives affected in different ways.

And that’s why, if you’re looking for a book to read with your husband or your husband’s best friend, pick up “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” by Cormac McCarthy.

It is a perfect, perfect love story.

Here’s how it is: There’s a man who, years ago, lost his wife on the Titanic, and he has no idea who she was or how she died and he can’t stop thinking about her in the middle of the night and how she’ll still be alive if he could see her. And then there’s a woman who’s lost her fiancé on the Titanic, too, and she’s never met this man who

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