Originally Posted by silliussoddius
Child of God was the one I was thinking of reading. I kind of feel bad about recommending The Road to my elderly mother in law.
Another bleak book I read a few years ago was On the Beach, by Nevile Shute. It wasn't as dark as McCarthy's stuff, but bleak in the nicest possible way (if that makes sense).
The mother in law?!? That's pretty hilarious in fairness!
All the Pretty Horses and The Road are the two I always recommend.
Talking about grim and bleak, I've been reading some John Steinbeck and George Orwell recently, and they're not exactly a barrel of laughs either. I think it's time to switch to something more lighthearted, but I might just check out On the Beach first!