When her father is robbed and murdered in cold-blood, 14 year-old Mattie Ross decides to go after the killer. She hires a U.S. Marshall, Rooster Cogburn, who she heard has grit, to assist her in her quest.
Mattie is unflinching in her determination to bring the coward Tom Chaney to justice and throughout Portis' narrative, Mattie's voice comes through in a clear and delightful way. As she travels with Cogburn and the Texas Ranger LaBeouf through the wilds of Indian territory in pursuit of the Lucky Ned Pepper gang, she quotes scripture, offers political insight and matter-of-fact observations with hilarious reserve.
True Grit is a wonderful book, YA literature set in the late 1800's and very, very funny. Warning on violence. Highly recommended.