Books True Grit A Novel by Charles Portis Paperback, 215 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $15.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleTrue GritSubtitleA NovelAuthorCharles Portis Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary Pursuing a cunning murderer who has escaped with his band deep into Indian Territory, U.S. Marshal Rooster J. Cogburn teams up with a bounty-hunting Texas Ranger and Mattie Ross, a cantankerous young lady who is bent on revenge. Reprint. Genres: Mysteries, Thrillers & Crime Fiction Also by Charles Portis Escape Velocity Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about True Grit Excerpt: 'True Grit' June 8, 2006 Excerpted from True Grit by Charles Portis, selected by author George Pelecanos for his summer reading recommendation. You Must Read This Pelecanos on the Enduring Power of 'True Grit' June 2, 2006 True Grit is a tale of vengeance told in the deceptively innocent voice of a 14-year-old frontier girl. George Pelecanos, master of noir fiction set in contemporary Washington, D.C., hails it as "one of the very best American novels."