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The Son (Pulitzer Prize in Letters
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Philipp Meyer is the author of the critically lauded novel American Rust, winner of the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was an Economist Book of the Year, a Washington Post Top Ten Book of the Year, and a New York Times Notable 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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"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)
"Sweeping, absorbing epic. . .An expertly written tale of ancient crimes, with every period detail--and every detail, period--just right."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Meyer's massive Texas saga is perhaps the best Indian captive story ever written. . . [Meyer's] tale is best compared to Giant. Little Big Man and Lonesome Dove also come to mind..."--Booklist (starred review)
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
"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
"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
"The greatest things about The Son are its scope and ambition. . . It's an enveloping, extremely well-wrought, popular novel with passionate convictions about the people, places and battles that it conjures."--New York Times
"The author of The Yellow Birdssays Philipp Meyer's novel The Son has 'as much to say about what it means to be American as any book I've ever read.'"--New York Times Book Review, By the Book interview with Kevin Powers
"One word--stunning. The Son stands fair to hold its own in the canon of Great American Novels. A book that for once really does deserve to be called a masterpiece."--Kate Atkinson
Philipp Meyer redrafts humanity's oldest questions and deepest obsessions into something so raw and dazzling and brutal and real, The Son should come with its own soundtrack--Tea Obreht
"A true American epic, full of brutal poetry and breathtaking panoramas. Meyer's characters repeatedly bear witness to the collision of human greed, savagery, and desire with the mute and indomitable Plains landscape. Meyer is a writer of tremendous talent, compassion and ambition.--The Son is a staggering achievement."--Karen Russell
"Ambitious readers who take their prose seriously should grab a copy of The Son, a stunning work of historical fiction by Philipp Meyer. Scores of critics are gushing over the book calling it epic, one of the best of the year, even an American classic."--CNN Online (Hot Reads for June)
The Son is positioned to seduce readers who swooned for Lonesome Dove and 2011's briskly selling Comanche history, Empire of the Summer Moon.--Cleveland Plain Dealer
"The Son is adeptly written, rife with conflict, and richly built on scads of historical detail. Meyer is unflinching in his portrayal of violence and its role in America's bedrock."--Austin American-Statesman
"One of the best books I've ever read . . . Incredibly ambitious and rich, and it reminds me of Blood Meridian and As I Lay Dying. Faulkner and McCarthy fans should definitely check it out."--Dallas Observer
"The Son drives home one hard and fascinating truth about American life: None of us belong here. We just have it on loan until the next civilization comes around."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The Son is a true American original. Meyer describes the Comanche as 'riding to haul hell out of its shuck.' It's an apt description of how it feels to read this exciting, far-reaching book."--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
". . . Meyer's brilliant second novel . . . The writing is strong - 'riders were suddening out of the trees' - and rich with detail. . . Just like Meyer's riveting 2009 debut American Rust, this is a wonderful novel."--Financial Times
"Critics have compared the writing to Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove or any of Cormac McCarthy's novels. Anyone who likes a Western saga will find plenty to savor in this latest work from a distinguished spinner of Western yarns."--Examiner.com

Eli McCullough, the first male child born in the Republic of Texas, is kidnapped at age 13 by Comanches, and from then on his life becomes a study in conflict. During three years of living with the Indians, he wins their respect and is thought of as an upcoming chief. But by the time he turns 16, having mastered the art of scalping, he is set free. Forever restless, he becomes a Texas Ranger, a cattle rancher, and, later, a colonel in the Civil War. His son, Pete, is cut from a different cloth and rebels against his family's history of violence and anti-Mexican racism. His rebellion includes the love of a Mexican woman. Pete's daughter, Jeanne Anne, struggles to be taken seriously as a rancher and oil tycoon. The broody McCulloughs gain in wealth but often pay dearly. A strain of misunderstood lonesomeness hounds each generation. VERDICT Treading on similar ground to James Michener, Larry McMurtry, and Cormac McCarthy, Guggenheim Fellowship-winner Meyer (American Rust) 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. [See Prepub Alert, 11/30/12.]-Keddy Ann Outlaw, formerly with Harris Cty. P. L., Houston (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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