The Son, Philipp Meyer's second novel, is a multi-generational tale of epic scope focusing on the settling of western Texas. Told in alternating voices, the author covers the area's history from the middle of the 19th century to the present day, touching on conflicts between white settlers and the native populations, the American Civil War, the ranching era and conflicts with Mexico, World Wars I and II, and the oil boom of the 20th century.
Three main characters relay this history through the telling of their life stories. Readers first meet the centenarian family patriarch, Eli McCullough, through the transcript of a WPA recording made in 1936. Eli, the son of ill-fated settlers, describes how he transformed himself from a teenage captive of the Comanche Indians into the wealthy founder of a large Texas cattle ranch over the course of his long life.
Next up is Eli's great-...
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