It's the calm after Christmas and I am taking some time to catch up on books that I intended to read and had not gotten around to this year. One of those is "The Son" by Philipp Meyer.
About The Book:
I have grown up in "Larry McMurtry" country, and anyone knows McMurtry's work knows that he is the quintessential Texas author. His "Lonesome Dove" series is a master-work in Texas sagas. So I went into reading Philipp Meyer's "The Son" with a bit of skepticism that anyone could write a better historical fiction about Texas. But I will have to say that Meyer does a fairly credible job with this long, but interesting story of generational family drama in the Lone Star State.
"The Son" is broken up into several viewpoints. The story of the patriarch Eli McCullough was the most fascinating for me - the young boy who was taken by Indians and raised in their ways, and who struggled to relate to the white man's world later in life. I could see the entire book being devoted to Eli's story, but Meyer also includes the story of several others of Eli's family that ties the story of the entire family together.
I would recommend this book for those who enjoy long family sagas, those who have an interest in early Texas, and for those who enjoy historical fiction.
About The Author:
My thanks to Ecco Books for the review copy of this novel. I was not compensated for my opinion.