Philipp Meyer’s epic and masterful novel, The Son (Ecco, $27.99), tells the story of the McCullough family, early settlers in the newly established Republic of Texas. Eli, who will live to be the patriarch of subsequent generations of McCulloughs, watches his family die at the hands of marauding Comanches, who then kidnap him and raise him as one of their own. Eli’s son, Peter, faced with having to displace the original inhabitants of the area, lacks his father’s cold, violent pragmatism. Eli’s great-granddaughter, Jeannie, however, against all odds rises to manage the family’s great fortune after oil is discovered on their homestead. The stories of each of these memorable characters intertwine to produce a grand saga, not just of Texas, but of America and its westward expansion.
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