The Passenger

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Publisher Description

The best-selling, Pulitzer Prizewinning author of The Road returns with the first of a two-volume masterpiece: The Passenger is the story of a salvage diver, haunted by loss, afraid of the watery deep, pursued for a conspiracy beyond his understanding, and longing for a death he cannot reconcile with God.

Look for Stella Maris, the second volume in The Passenger series, on sale December 6th, 2022

1980, PASS CHRISTIAN, MISSISSIPPI: It is three in the morning when Bobby Western zips the jacket of his wet suit and plunges from the Coast Guard tender into darkness. His dive light illuminates the sunken jet, nine bodies still buckled in their seats, hair floating, eyes devoid of speculation. Missing from the crash site are the pilot’s flight bag, the plane’s black box, and the tenth passenger. But how? A collateral witness to machinations that can only bring him harm, Western is shadowed in body and spirit—by men with badges; by the ghost of his father, inventor of the bomb that melted glass and flesh in Hiroshima; and by his sister, the love and ruin of his soul.
Traversing the American South, from the garrulous barrooms of New Orleans to an abandoned oil rig off the Florida coast, The Passenger is a breathtaking novel of morality and science, the legacy of sin, and the madness that is human consciousness.

Fiction & Literature
October 25
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Deni6'4" ,

It’s complicated….

I’m a big Cormac McCarthy fan but this one almost broke me. It’s not an easy read by any means. The vocabulary is dense, the physics and mathematics references are challenging for those not well-versed in these subjects, and I personally found the chapters written from the viewpoint of the main character’s sister somewhat tedious. All that being said, I’m still glad I read this and plan to read the follow-up that is soon to be released. (I have read that it clarifies many details and questions from this novel.) McCarthy is one of our most talented living writers IMO, and I’d pretty much read anything he writes, but don’t expect Blood Meridian, The Road, or The Border Trilogy; this is much different.

Grandma Sel ,


Long and tiresome. So not my favorite.

Scott's take on things ,

The weight of things

This is a story about love and death.

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