TRUE GRIT, the most famous novel by acclaimed American writer Charles Portis, is the story of Mattie Ross, who is only 14 when the coward Tom Chaney shoots her father and robs him of his life, his horse and his cash. With Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available U.S. Marshal, she goes to avenge her father, who has fled into Indian territory. TRUE GRIT was made into a movie in 1969 starring John Wayne and is being made into a film again in 2010 by the Coen Brothers, starring Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges. This American classic is a story as eccentric, unflinching and cool as Mattie herself.