The Son

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Author: Meyer Philipp

Brand: Ecco Press

Edition: First Paperback Edition


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Format: Import

Package Dimensions: 30x201x431

Number Of Pages: 592

Release Date: 28-01-2014

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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.


“With its vast scope,
The Son makes a viable claim to be a Great American Novel of the sort John Dos Passos and Frank Norris once produced… an extraordinary orchestration of American history. —
Washington Post

“There is an extravagant quantity of birth, death and bitter passion in Philipp Meyer’s grand and engrossing Texas saga.” —
Wall Street Journal

“Philipp Meyer offers a tale that spans generations and, in its own way, encapsulates the history of the state itself.” —
Los Angeles Times

“As bold, ambitious and brutal as its subject: the rise of Texas as seen through the tortured history of one family. At 561 pages, The Son is a demanding read… But by the end, Meyer ties it together and not too neatly. Tougher-than-tough Eli McCullough would respect that.” — USA Today (4 Stars)

“One of the most solid, unsparing pieces of American historical fiction to come out this century… a brilliant chronicle of Texas… stunning, raw and epic…
The Son is vast, brave and, finally, unstoppable.” — NPR

“This is the book you want to read this summer… Every facet of Meyer’s world–scent and sight and sensation–has weight and heft… Meyer’s dream is a nightmare in which blood seeks power. It’s also un-put-down-able.” — Esquire

“A novel that is an epic in the truest sense of the word: massive in scope, replete with transformations in fortune and fate, and drenched in the blood of war.” — Huffington Post

“The stuff of Great American Literature. Like all destined classics, Meyer’s second novel speaks volumes about humanity–our insatiable greed, our inherent frailty, the endless cycle of conquer or be conquered.” —
Publishers Weekly
(starred review)

“Treading on similar ground to James Michener, Larry McMurtry, and Cormac McCarthy, Meyer brings the bloody, racially fraught history of Texas to life. Call it a family saga or an epic, this novel is a violent and harrowing read.” —
Library Journal

“An old-fashioned family saga se


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