Published in 2013, The Son makes a more recent addition to the world of Texas literature. This novel followed Meyer’s acclaimed American Rust as a Pulitzer Prize finalist for fiction, and is widely regarded as one of the best historical novels to be written this century. It is considered among the ranks of other Great American novels. This panoramic epic spans three generations of the same Texas family, and three generations’ worth of conflict and change for the state itself. Descendant from the first man to be born under the independent Republic of Texas, the family experiences brutal and bloody warfare with the Comanche, border wars and the rise of the cattle industry, and the oil booms of the 20th century. Meyer does a spectacular job of laying out the story of a great state – still being written today – and of a family trying to survive and maintain their power and land.
Philipp Meyer is an American novelist, known also for his novel American Rust, which received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2009. He studied at Cornell University and graduated with a degree in English, and later received a fellowship at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas, as well as the Dobie Paisano Fellowship in 2010. Meyer was listed in 2010 in the New Yorker’s “20 under 40”, as one of the twenty most promising writers under the age of forty.