If there were a golden age for cowboys, heroic John Wayne types with glittering smiles and revolvers to match, then it could only exist with a lot of forgetting. The American West rests on a mass of graves, oppressed natives and fallen settlers. Philipp Meyer’s follow-up to his debut novel “American Rust” is “The Son,” a heroic western unafraid to peel back the curtain on America’s violent past.
Meyer’s gun-slinging McCullough family lays bloody stakes throughout the Old West’s frontier days, the Civil War, all the way to the corporate wars on Texas’ oil fields. What results is a brutal century-long odyssey of Texas history and the great deeds of its inhabitants.
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Profile of Philipp Meyer, in Life & Arts