Cormac McCarthy’s coda to The Passenger—a prequel chronologically—is presented in a form that feels refreshingly different from yet fully in-step with that of its predecessor. This book is a transcript of Alicia’s sessions with her psychiatrist during her final stay at Stella Maris. They talk about mathematics, and the unconscious, and the atomic bomb, and her brother. It could be that I’ve simply had more time to sit with it now, but I think Stella Maris has helped me understand The Passenger much better than I had hoped to understand it upon turning its final page. And it certainly makes it all the more tragic. If you read The Passenger, don’t skip dessert. Recommended by Mary
The best-selling, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Road returns with the second volume of The Passenger series: Stella Maris is an intimate portrait of grief and longing, as a young woman in a psychiatric facility seeks to understand her own existence.