Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son ($27.99) 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. 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 Philipp Meyer, a sublime young talent.
“A novelist worth celebrating and watching” (USA Today), Philipp Meyer was named in the New Yorker’s “20 under 40,” their once a decade list of writers under the age of 40 who are headed for great things. Meyer received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on American Rust. He is a graduate of Cornell University and has an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. A native of Baltimore, he divides his time between Austin and New York City.
Philipp Meyer, the acclaimed author of American Rust, returns with The Son an epic of the American West and a multigenerational saga of power, blood, land, and oil that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family, from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the to the oil booms of the 20th century.