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Soon to be a TV Series on AMC starring Pierce Brosnan and co-written by Philipp Meyer.

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-13: 9780062333261
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 16
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

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.

Kate Mulgrew, a native of Dubuque, Iowa, is an actress and author with an extensive career on stage and screen. From her start as Mary Ryan, the lead role on the popular soap opera Ryan's Hope to the groundbreaking first female starship captain on Star Trek: Voyager to her acclaimed performance as Galina "Red" Reznikov on Netflix's smash hit Orange Is The New Black, Kate brings a formidable presence and deep passion to all her projects. Her 2016 book, Born With Teeth, allowed her to add "New York Times bestselling author" to her resume. 

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The Son 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 106 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Philipp Meyer really shows off his writing chops with The Son. It tells the story of a boy who loses his family in an attack by Indians only to find himself the adopted son of the Indian tribe. He ends up being neither Indian or White Man, but something in between. The writer takes a unique approach by focusing on one character. I was surprised how well this worked. This is an excellent book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't expecting Larry McMurtry but I was really looking forward to another Texas saga. I've just finished reading "The Son" a multigenerational 560 page story of a Texas ranching/oil family. Here's my recommendation - don't waste your time. "The Son" was written by Philipp Meyer, a Baltimore Yankee who recently studied at UT Austin on a James Michener scholarship. Unfortunately, Meyer doesn't really like Texas, an opinion that is slowly and slyly revealed in his novel. Meyer doesn't ridicule so much as he constantly picks, prods and pokes at everything Texan. The book starts with both the beginning and end; it finishes with both the beginning and end - a technique that is confusing at best and annoying at worst. In between there is a great deal of gratuitous sex, uneven dialogue and shallow character development. I could almost forgive the publisher for the too many typos, but then - can't they hire better proofreaders? I cannot forgive Meyer's historical inaccuracies - in language, geography and Indian ways - even in wild life, food and firearms. These errors are simply the result of laziness or incompetence. Either way they demonstrate a significant disrespect for his readers. For a more thorough review, please google Dallas Morning News book reviews and read Clay Reynolds' assessment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
James Michener comes to mind when reading the first few chapters of this book. The format of the book, made it appealing with totally focusing on one character at a time. This gave more attention to the development of each character and helped with the flow of the storyline. This book can not be read in one sitting. A great rainy week book.
TropicalHouston More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best novels I've read in a long time. It was hard to put this book down. Being a native Texan, I love Texas history and Philipp Meyer did an excellant job writing about the first Texans, German settlers, Comanches, Mexicans, cattle ranchers, and oilmen. The physical descriptions of the areas the Comanches traveled were very accurate and easy to visualize. It was such a well written book and like previous reviewers, it was easy to follow the develpment of each character. I didn't want it to end. Now I'm looking forward to reading Meyer's first novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first Philipp Meyer book and I really enjoyed it. I thought the bigger than life reputation of Texas was well represented in Meyer's writing. The characters were all very interesting and the plot was easy to follow. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good summer read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I started it, I found it impossible to put this book down. Every chapter is a page turner. Two thumbs up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed The Son. I thought the writing was top notch. The characters were beautifully well developed. Five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A tremendous achievement. I'm 150 pages into reading it a second time because it is the best book I read in the past year. Congratulations to Phillip for such beautiful prose and unforgettable characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This really should have been three books.  The going back and forth between generations was not particularly interesting and got in the way of what I thought was the main story, the story of Eli who had been abducted by Comanches.  The comparisons betwen the different ways of life were very interesting, if not profound.  I would have liked there to have been  some editing and at least two or three books instead of  one .  The other stories felt like distractions.
Convict227 More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book - one of the better books that I have read in a while. The setting, voice, and movement of the novel make for a terrifc read. I thought the storyline was quite interesting, but was surprised to see from a previous comment that it is similar to a 1970's movie (based off a comic book) called Little Big Man starring Dustin Hoffman. Nevertheless, the book moves and the I found the characters believable and sympathized with all of them. This is a tough genre to write a novel and I tip my cap to Meyer for not only trying it, but mastering it as well. Kudos.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this novel...the structure, the voices, all of it.  But tonight I caught the Arthur Penn movie, Little Big Man, another novel I loved back in the day, and was struck by the similarity between the two story lines.  Too many similarities. Has anyone else noticed this?
choirgal04 More than 1 year ago
Sorry, but I honestly can't recommend this novel. Read it for book club -- a borrowed library copy (fortunately) but not in time for our meeting, when I was only about 250 pages along. The author's writing skill and his vividly drawn characters and settings were compelling enough to persuade me to finish the book anyway, I suppose to his credit. However, I eventually found all the major (& most of the minor) characters at least mildly, if not profoundly, unlikeable. The conclusion -- despite an intriguing, albeit far-fetched twist near the end (no spoilers here) -- just left a discouraging, unpleasant aftertaste for me. This was keenly disappointing, since I genuinely hoped that a satisfying ending would justify having endured 500+ pages riddled with jarringly graphic brutality, and more-than-slightly vulgar glimpses of "intimacy" that read something like the embellished letters a genitally-obsessed pre-teen boy might send in to a "men's magazine." No, I was not terribly distracted by the author's continually shifting time frames and points of view. Yes, I appreciated his considerably gifted storytelling ability. As for his highly touted, painstaking research, maybe not so much: the only item I was curious enough to double-check was the setting for roughly 2/3 of his story, Dimmitt County, TX, specifically the portions circa 1915, when the McCullough family supposedly became oil barons; my two-minute internet search revealed that it 's indeed a real place, however no oil was discovered there until the 1940's... True, this is fiction, it's an author's prerogative to use dramatic license, and it's an easy bit of disbelief for me to suspend; still, it leads me to wonder what other facts Mr. Meyer distorted in his "sweeping saga" of Texas, and why. Plus, his plot decisions overall seemed manipulated to build up hope for some kind of redemption, but for me at least, fell flat. Depressing. Again I wonder, why? Perhaps that was the author's intent -- to demonstrate the futility of hope in a society (or maybe humanity in general?) doomed to remain mired in our murderous, destructive, oppressive, relentless conquest of "the other"...? I can't tell; but whatever he was getting at, I didn't much enjoy it. Nothing uplifting here whatsoever. (And no, I'm not so unsophisticated a reader to expect or desire a tacked-on, roses-and-lollipops happy ending to every "serious" novel I pull off the shelf.) All this to say, in my personal opinion... talented writer, ultimately not worth my investment of time and trust. Two stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book drew me in. I liked the way the histories of the two main characters alternated and their stories developed. As their backgrounds were revealed the character development was logical. The author brought each character alive and made me care about them. Have moved this one to my favorite shelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cannot put this book down. Fascinating story
pregnantat40 More than 1 year ago
A sublime rendering of terribly ugly people, places, and events in old Texas. Mesmerizing narrative that spares no details about the relationships of Texans, Cherokees, Mexicans and any number of people passing through and around the mid-1800s through the late 70's. Now I never, ever, ever want to go to Texas, but I suspect I would feel that way about any place Philip might have chosen to tell this type of story. More, more, more!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read after watching the A&E movie. The book is always better.
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Three peoples stories weaving in out over a span of 100+ years. Eli's and Peter's stories were interesting reads. Jeannie's however were dull. After skimming Jeannie's first few stories, I gave up and started skipping her parts all together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great best book ever
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Good storyline
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started the AMC series, then bought the book. Wonderful, and good together.
krissysbookshelf More than 1 year ago
I thought The Son was great.. however there was just so much detail that it bogged down all the emotional scenes and made everything feel a little long between the character interaction that it stretches out and elongates everything that I felt could have been more summed up. It seemed as I read further through the book that it was an author trait to really vividly detail everything in the book which felt more like an environmental read than emotional one despite the emotional experiences being the main focus of this book. To sum up the emotional journey and the journey of the family The Son felt more like a collection of family stories that got passed down even though the reader gets to experience them from one event or another. These events sort of carve out in history who the family as time passes become and how those events kind of change who they are. Its actually an amazing book worthy of five stars I just rated the book three stars because as a reader I'm more of a character person myself. I down rated The Son because despite the emotional turmoil, the family and the large cast and how wonderfully it was written The Son felt like more of an environmental read that lacked the full development of emotional connections I prefer to have in stories like these. I wanted to care more about the characters, I wanted to care about who was who and how they were connected and what their story was except the author tended to maintain his focus on just one person instead of all of them. Maybe its a little too greedy of me, but I still highly recommend The Son to anyone who hasn't read it yet. The Son is a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started watching the mini series and read the book in between because a book is always better than the screen. I thoroughly enjoyed the book..