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Philipp Meyer wrote one of the most depressing books I've ever read, American Rust, about the western Pennsylvania area that I know well. Now he's written a less depressing but every bit as intense a novel, one that gives a sweeping survey of Texas history from the mid-19th century to the present. If you have read Empire of The Summer Moon, some of this will sound familiar as you follow Eli McCullough from his youth, when he was captured by the Commanche Indians, to his old age as a wealthy rancher and oil baron. Told in the alternating voices of Eli, his son Peter, and his granddaughter, Jeannie, the story revolves around a family scarred by personal trials who happen to participate in three exciting eras in the history of Texas: the conflicts in the early settlements of the territory, the border conflicts after the Mexican revolution, and the oil boom of the second half of the 20th century. This is a whopping good tale that gives James Michener a run for his money. If you can get past the graphic descriptions of the Indian raid in the first 45 pages, you'll enjoy this read. Highly recommended.--Alice
Indie Next ListJune 2013
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
The acclaimed author of "American Rust," returns with an epic, multigenerational saga of power, blood, and land that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family from the Comanche raids of the 1800s, to the border raids of the early 1900s. to the oil booms of the 20th century.