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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date July 1, 1999
Pages 291
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780679747192
ISBN-10 0679747192
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Original list price $15.95
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
In the epic conclusion of the best-selling Border Trilogy, the award-winning author brings together the colorful characters from All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing, in an epic novel set against the backdrop of the 1950s. Reprint. 125,000 first printing. NYT.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: In this magnificent new novel, the National Book Award-winning author of All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing fashions a darkly beautiful elegy for the American frontier.  

The setting is New Mexico in 1952, where John Grady Cole and Billy Parham are working as ranch hands. To the North lie the proving grounds of Alamogordo; to the South, the twin cities of El Paso and Juarez, Mexico. Their life is made up of trail drives and horse auctions and stories told by campfire light. It is a life that is about to change forever, and John Grady and Billy both know it.

The catalyst for that change appears in the form of a beautiful, ill-starred Mexican prostitute.  When John Grady falls in love, Billy agrees--against his better judgment--to help him rescue the girl from her suavely brutal pimp. The ensuing events resonate with the violence and inevitability of classic tragedy.   Hauntingly beautiful, filled with sorrow, humor and awe, Cities of the Plain is a genuine American epic.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780679423904
 
Limited edition from B E Trice Pub (March 1, 1999)
9781890885045 | details & prices | List price $195.00
from Alfred a Knopf Inc (June 1, 1998)
9780679423904 | details & prices | 291 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $28.95
About: The conclusion of the Border trilogy describes the friendship of John Grady Cole and Billy Parham, two cowboys working on a New Mexico ranch in the 1950s
Paperback
Book cover for 9780330390163 Book cover for 9780679747192
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from Vintage Books (July 1, 1999)
9780679747192 | details & prices | 291 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $15.95
About: The conclusion of the Border trilogy describes the friendship of John Grady Cole and Billy Parham, two cowboys working on a New Mexico ranch in the 1950s
New edition from Pan Macmillan (May 7, 1999)
9780330390163 | details & prices | 304 pages | 5.25 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $14.15
About: In the fall of 1952, John Grady Cole and Billy Parham are cowboys on a New Mexico ranch encroached upon from the north by the military.
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780679460503
 
Abridged edition from Random House (May 1, 1998)
9780679460503 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $18.00
About: The conclusion of the Border trilogy presents an epic novel set against the backdrop of the 1950s.
Prebinding
Book cover for 9780613171427
 
from Turtleback Books (October 1, 1999)
9780613171427 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $26.90
About: The conclusion of the Border trilogy describes the friendship of John Grady Cole and Billy Parham, two cowboys working on a New Mexico ranch in the 1950s

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