All the Pretty Horses is the first novel in Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy. The young John Grady Cole and his two companions journey from Texas through Mexico as orphans of sorts, and through their struggles for their horses, with the law, and with a landowning Mexican family, they travel toward maturity. As the first in a series, it begins to reveal John Grady Cole's character and presents the loss of the West, for Cole ultimately loses love and takes his place as a lone figure, on a horse, o... more info>>
This first-person narrative of a young woman with an existential mental problem struggling toward adulthood is often seen as Ms. Plath's autobiography. It is a delicate plunge into the mind of someone losing sanity.