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True Grit Book Discussion

True Grit by Charles Portis

Charles Portis, a notoriously private Arkansan, has written 5 novels, True Grit being his most famous.  First published in 1968, and the basis for the movie of the same name starring John Wayne (1969) and the remake by the Coen brothers starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon (2010), it tells the story of Mattie Ross, who is just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shoots her father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash money.

Mattie leaves home to avenge her father's blood, with the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available U.S. Marshal, by her side. Mattie and Rooster pursue the murderer into Indian Territory - Oklahoma before statehood! True Grit is eccentric, cool, straight, and unflinching, like Mattie herself. From a writer of true cult status, this is an American classic through and through. This new edition, with a smart new package and an afterword by acclaimed author Donna Tartt, will bring this masterpiece to an even broader audience.

Download the discussion guide here to get the conversation going about the novel!

To receive copies of the book for your book group, contact Cindy Stevens at 405-801-4582.  Contact your Hometown Library to find out about book discussions that are taking place close to you.

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