The Son by Philipp MeyerThe Son by Philipp Meyer

The Son

byPhilipp Meyer

Paperback | January 28, 2014

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Soon to be a TV Series on AMC starring Pierce Brosnan and co-written by Philipp Meyer.

Now in paperback, the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling epic, a saga of land, blood, and power that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the oil booms of the 20th century.

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching examination of the bloody price of power, The Son is a gripping and utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American west with rare emotional acuity, even as it presents an intimate portrait of one family across two centuries.

Eli McCullough is just twelve-years-old when a marauding band of Comanche storm his Texas homestead and brutally murder his mother and sister, taking him as a captive. Despite their torture and cruelty, Eli--against all odds--adapts to life with the Comanche, learning their ways, their language, taking on a new name, finding a place as the adopted son of the chief of the band, and fighting their wars against not only other Indians, but white men, too-complicating his sense of loyalty, his promised vengeance, and his very understanding of self. But when disease, starvation, and westward expansion finally decimate the Comanche, Eli is left alone in a world in which he belongs nowhere, neither white nor Indian, civilized or fully wild.

Deftly interweaving Eli’s story with those of his son, Peter, and his great-granddaughter, JA, The Son deftly explores the legacy of Eli’s ruthlessness, his drive to power, and his life-long status as an outsider, even as the McCullough family rises to become one of the richest in Texas, a ranching-and-oil dynasty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege.

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.

Philipp Meyer is the author of the critically lauded novelAmerican Rust, winner of the 2009Los Angeles TimesBook Prize. It was anEconomistBook of the Year, aWashington PostTop Ten Book of the Year, and aNew York TimesNotable Book. He is a graduate of Cornell University and has an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was...
Title:The SonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.95 inPublished:January 28, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062120409

ISBN - 13:9780062120403

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Son Very hard to follow. Jumped around in time and characters as it followed the lives of the family the book was about
Date published: 2015-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Son Great historical fiction! Well written and researched. Also suggest Empire of the Summer Moon.
Date published: 2014-10-14
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 3 out of 5 by from Son Too long and difficult to correlate, but well written. Ultimately too sad a view of Texas and its robber barons for me.
Date published: 2014-07-13
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

Editorial Reviews

“An epic of the American Southwest, Meyer’s masterly second novel follows several generations of a Texas ranching and oil dynasty through the 19th and 20th centuries…”