Austin’s Philipp Meyer took an unusual route to becoming one of America’s most acclaimed new writers.
The 39-year-old author of a new Texas epic called “The Son” dropped out of school at 15; worked as a bicycle repairman; realized he was “getting dumber”; got his GED; applied to the Ivy League; was accepted at Cornell; graduated with an English degree; interned as a derivatives trader on Wall Street and then was hired full-time; grew tired of high finance; moved back to his parents’ Baltimore home to live in their basement; and worked on his writing but thought he’d end up as an emergency medical technician.
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A review of ‘The Son’ is featured in today’s Insight & Books section.