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True Grit
Narrated by Donna Tartt
Written by Charles Portis
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"If Papa had a failing it was his kindly disposition. People would use him. I did not get my mean streak from him." So writes 14 year-old Mattie Ross, who's dear father was gunned down by a no-good farm hand, Tom Chaney. Chaney took off for Indian Territory in Oklahoma after shooting Mattie's father. Mattie's mission is to exact revenge. Not justice. Revenge. She decides to hire a U.S. Marshal to track Cheney in the Indian Territory.

Mattie Ross is smart, practical, stubborn, judgmental and has the grit to hire the toughest, meanest U.S. Marshal she can find— Rooster Cogburn.

"Charles Portis is an incredible writer and one that makes you feel rather than think. You feel the words and the emotions of the story. This is truly an American classic — a brilliant piece of fiction."

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