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The Son

by Philipp Meyer

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | February 14, 2014 | Trade Paperback

The Son is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 5.

A Globe & Mail 100 Selection

Spring, 1849. Eli McCullough is thirteen years old when a band of Comanche storms his Texas homestead and murders his mother and sister, taking him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to Comanche life, carving out a place as the chief''s adopted son and waging war against their enemies, including white men-which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is. But when disease, starvation, and overwhelming numbers of armed Americans decimate the tribe, Eli finds himself alone. Neither white nor Indian, civilized nor fully wild, he must fashion a place for himself in a world in which he does not fully belong-a journey of adventure, tragedy, and grit that reverberates in the lives of his progeny.

Intertwined with Eli''s story are those of his son, Peter, a man who bears the emotional cost of his father''s drive for power, and Eli''s great-granddaughter, Jeannie, a woman who must fight hardened rivals to succeed in a man''s world. Philipp Meyer deftly explores how Eli''s ruthlessness and steely pragmatism transform subsequent generations of McCulloughs. Love, honor, and even children are sacrificed in the name of ambition, as the family becomes one of the richest powers in Texas, a ranching-and-oil dynasty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege. Yet, like all empires, the McCulloughs must eventually face the consequences of their choices.

Harrowing, panoramic, and vividly drawn, The Son is a masterful achievement from a sublime young talent.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.01 in

Published: February 14, 2014

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062120409

ISBN - 13: 9780062120403

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wild Ride I personally enjoyed this novel - it was raw and unforgiving. From start to finish, I felt as if I was living along side the McCullough family 165 years ago.
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wild Ride I personally enjoyed this novel - it was raw and unforgiving. From start to finish, I felt as if I was living along side the McCullough family 165 years ago.
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tedious Reading I could not finish this book , which is very unusual for me. Lost all interest in the story by the time I got half way through it.
Date published: 2014-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Historical Fiction I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has a family tree at the beginning which is very helpful. 
Date published: 2014-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic I feel like the McCulloughs are my family I know them so well. Totally worth the 570 page commitment. Will be an award winner and perennial favourite without a doubt.
Date published: 2013-04-18

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The Son

by Philipp Meyer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.01 in

Published: February 14, 2014

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062120409

ISBN - 13: 9780062120403

From the Publisher

A Globe & Mail 100 Selection

Spring, 1849. Eli McCullough is thirteen years old when a band of Comanche storms his Texas homestead and murders his mother and sister, taking him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to Comanche life, carving out a place as the chief''s adopted son and waging war against their enemies, including white men-which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is. But when disease, starvation, and overwhelming numbers of armed Americans decimate the tribe, Eli finds himself alone. Neither white nor Indian, civilized nor fully wild, he must fashion a place for himself in a world in which he does not fully belong-a journey of adventure, tragedy, and grit that reverberates in the lives of his progeny.

Intertwined with Eli''s story are those of his son, Peter, a man who bears the emotional cost of his father''s drive for power, and Eli''s great-granddaughter, Jeannie, a woman who must fight hardened rivals to succeed in a man''s world. Philipp Meyer deftly explores how Eli''s ruthlessness and steely pragmatism transform subsequent generations of McCulloughs. Love, honor, and even children are sacrificed in the name of ambition, as the family becomes one of the richest powers in Texas, a ranching-and-oil dynasty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege. Yet, like all empires, the McCulloughs must eventually face the consequences of their choices.

Harrowing, panoramic, and vividly drawn, The Son is a masterful achievement from a sublime young talent.

Editorial Reviews

The Son clearly demonstrates how a well-written, thoroughly researched work of fiction illuminates the past. . . ''No land was ever acquired honestly in the history of the earth,'' Eli maintains. An outstanding novelist has tilled this fertile ground." (Santa Fe New Mexican)