The Son

Paperback | May 28, 2013

byPhilipp Meyer

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A Globe & Mail 100 Selection

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming- of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim

Spring, 1849. The first male child born in the newly established Republic of Texas, Eli McCullough is thirteen years old when a marauding band of Comanches storms his homestead and brutally murders his mother and sister, taking him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and language, answering to a new name, becoming 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 carve a place for himself in a world in which he does not fully belong—a journey of adventure, tragedy, hardship, grit, and luck 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 Jeannie, Eli's great-granddaughter, 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, 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.

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A Globe & Mail 100 SelectionPart epic of Texas, part classic coming- of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claimSpring, 1849. The first male child born in the newly establ...

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 a James Michener Fellow. A native of Baltimore, he now lives mostly in Texas.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.15 inPublished:May 28, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062293583

ISBN - 13:9780062293589

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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