The Son (Paperback)

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Logan's Staff Pick, August 2014: Sometimes a sweeping, multi-generational epic is exactly what you need to scratch that literary itch, and The Son really hits the spot. Covering five generations of the great McCullough family, Meyer parallels familial drama with the violent history of the Lone Star State. Spare, unflinching, with as much grit as the desert wind, The Son is a striking work from an impressive young author.

— From Logan's Staff Picks

Theodora's Staff Pick, June 2015: The Son is a multi-generational epic set in Texas, told in overlapping, non-linear narratives by members of the McCullough family.

The fate of the family is tied to Texan history as family members influence the progress of the state. The novel borrows many of the tropes and themes of the Western genre, but complicates and critiques them. It doesn’t shy away from ambiguity or violence, but the complex characters, intra-familial conflict and gradual revelation of information make it a really satisfying read!

— From June 2015 Staff Picks


Soon to be 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062120403
ISBN-10: 0062120409
Publisher: Ecco Press
Publication Date: January 28th, 2014
Pages: 561
Language: English