In this taut, chilling novel, Lester Ballard--a violent, dispossessed man falsely accused of rape--haunts the hill country of East Tennessee when he is released from jail. While telling his story, Cormac McCarthy depicts the most sordid aspects of life with dignity, humor, and characteristic lyrical brilliance.
Child of God is Southern gothic literature in the same category as Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor. But the grotesque protagonist is so clownish and endearing and the plot is so outlandish that it comes of as a parody of Faulkner or O'Connor, which may well have been McCarthy's intent. Racism, lynchings, and incest all form the cultural background for the ridiculously morbid actions of Lester Ballard, who doesn't know how to interact with people, dead or alive. It's well worth your time if you enjoy Southern literature and a really quick read under 200 pages.