The Son (Hardcover)

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Reading The Son by Philipp Meyer is a kind of revelation. Like reading Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion, or Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men, or even Moby-Dick -- a Great American Novel kind of revelation. The scope and span, the language, the conception, the structure -- all conspire to manhandle you into a new understanding, a new sense of your history and place, and of what particular humans have been and will continue to be. Masterful, muscular, nuanced, finely researched -- all the usual descriptions of a fine historical novel apply, and don't reach the heft of this one. Beyond Texas, beyond the American West, Homeric in its ambitions, The Son embraces the finite particulars of place, time, and character as well as showing the stark, dark, and full range of human cruelty and heartfulness. -- John Evans

— From June 2013

June 2013 Indie Next List

“Epic yet intimate, Meyer's The Son is the best kind of historical fiction. Vivid characters and great storytelling bring to life a distant time and place, while the themes and issues explored are completely relevant to our time. The interwoven perspectives of the three generations of the McCullough family create a counterpoint as each comments on the others, their mores, and their expectations and how these change over time. This is what great literature should be: a page-turner with a serious moral purpose.”
— Scott, Books Inc., San Francisco, CA


Philipp Meyer, the acclaimed author of American Rust, returns with The Son an epic of the American West and a multigenerational saga of power, blood, land, and oil that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family, from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the to the oil booms of the 20th century.

Harrowing, panoramic, and deeply evocative, The Son is a fully realized masterwork in the greatest tradition of the American canon--an unforgettable novel that combines the narrative prowess of Larry McMurtry with the knife-edge sharpness of Cormac McCarthy.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062120397
ISBN-10: 0062120395
Publisher: Ecco Press
Publication Date: May 28th, 2013
Pages: 576
Language: English
Series: Pulitzer Prize in Letters: Fiction Finalists