This was an extremely powerful book and I hardly know what to say about it. I guess I could start with the name of the book, huh? It's The Road by Cormac McCarthy. And yes, Oprah did choose it for her book club -- seems a very strange choice to me. I've read several of Oprah's picks and while some of them are very good books, none are like this. Then again, I'm not sure I've read a book like this before. Sure there are other post-apocalyptic novels out there -- Cat's Cradle and Oryx and Crake come to mind (both excellent, by the way) -- but this book is so sparse, so bleak. The writing reflects the landscape that the father and son traverse.
Not much happens in the book, so I'm not going to try to give you a plot summary. Instead I'll leave you with my experience reading the book.
I started this book last night and didn't sleep well at all because it was so disturbing, and yet I awoke this morning and was compelled to finish the rest of the book in one sitting. At the end I broke down in hysterical sobs -- it's that moving.