Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Love, honour, children are sacrificed in the name of ambition, as the family becomes one of the richest powers in Texas, a dynasty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege. Yet, like all empires, the McCulloughs must eventually face the consequences of their choices.
'Stunning ... a book that for once really does deserve to be called a masterpiece' -- Kate Atkinson 'Magnificent ... McCarthy's Border Trilogy is a point of reference, as is There Will Be Blood, but it is not fanciful to be reminded of certain passages from Moby-Dick - it's that good' The Times 'Only in the greatest of historical novels do we come to feel both the distance of the past and our own likely complicity in the sins of a former age, had we been a part of it. To that rank, we now add The Son' New York Times 'The Son makes a viable claim to be a Great American Novel... an extraordinary orchestration of American history' Washington Post 'Its viscerality and boundless capacity for storytelling puts it on a par with the classic of the genre, Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian' Sunday Telegraph 'Brilliant ... a wonderful novel' -- Lionel Shriver 'Meyer is an impressive and multi-talented storyteller in the old, good sense - the kind that makes me hang on for whatever the next chapter will hold' -- Richard Ford 'The Son is an epic, heroic, hallucinatory work of art' -- Chris Cleave