A Prophet at the Barbecue: Larry McMurtry, 1936–2021

A Prophet at the Barbecue: Larry McMurtry, 1936–2021
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When I was in my early 20s, I got an e-mail from Barbara Epstein, the cofounder of The New York Review of Books, asking me to write about a series of novels by Larry McMurtry. I don’t remember how Barbara knew of my existence. And I don’t know what qualifications I had for this work—besides being, like nearly 30 million other people, from Texas. But it was my dream to write for the Review, and I was determined to do my very best.

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