The Son Every year a small army of fiction writers trek into the wilderness in the hope of bagging that elusive and legendary creature: the Great American… The Son Every year a small army of fiction writers trek into the wilderness in the hope of bagging that elusive and legendary creature: the Great American… 2013-05-28 Fiction Ecco Press
Book Review

The Son (2013)

THE SON by Philipp Meyer
THE SON by Philipp Meyer
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: May 28, 2013; Writer: Philipp Meyer; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Ecco Press

Every year a small army of fiction writers trek into the wilderness in the hope of bagging that elusive and legendary creature: the Great American Novel. As with Philipp Meyer's first novel, American Rust, his latest — the gripping, blood-soaked Western The Son — has GAN status in its sights. Straddling American history from pre--Civil War to post-9/11, the novel charts four generations of the McCulloughs, a Texas ranching and oil dynasty, through the eyes of three of its members: Eli, the family's originator, who was captured by Comanches when he was an adolescent; Peter, his pacifist son; and Jeanne Anne, the modern-day matriarch. Meyer intercuts these three stories deftly and assuredly, and his period prose is tremendously rich in detail. It may not be the Great American Novel, but it certainly is a damn good one. A

Originally posted Jun 12, 2013 Published in issue #1264 Jun 21, 2013 Order article reprints