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Thursday, March 23, 2017

#10 - The Son - Phillip Meyer

Title:  The Son
Author:  Philipp Meyer
Performers:  Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd and Clifton Collins, Jr.
Genre/Category:  Fiction/Historical
Publisher/Date: Harper Collins Publishers/2013
ISBN: 978-0-0622-8095-4
CDs/Hours:  16/18.5
Dates Listened to:  3/6/17 – 3/23/17

This saga begins in 1849 with Eli McCullough watching his mother and sister killed by a band of Comanches in west Texas.  He and his younger brother are then captured by the Indians and taken far away where their father, a Texas Ranger cannot find them – EVER.  

We jump ahead to 1917 and into the diary of Peter McCullough who journals a few weeks in the late summer/early fall.  The family ranch is rich in cattle and soon-to-be oil.  A woman in his life, not his wife, is Mexican, Maria Garcia.  Their affair results in a branch of the family carrying the name Garcia.

Another aspect of the story is written by Jean McCullough who is heir to the ranch and struggles with the richness she will ultimately possess.  She struggles with her marriage, her children and the men who are also part of her life.

As the back cover of the CD explains, “(a)n 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.

Soon to be found on the AMC Channel, beginning April 8, I look forward to viewing this story, starring Pierce Brosnan.

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