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Meyer, Philipp. THE SON. New York City, NY: Ecco Press, 2013. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 562 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's second novel. One of the most important literary events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Philipp Meyer's triumphant "follow-up" to his debut novel, "American Rust" (2009). "In 1859, Eli McCullough, the 13-year-old son of Texas pioneers, is captured in a brutal Comanche raid on his family's homestead. First taken as a slave, Eli assimilates himself into Comanche culture, learning their arts of riding, hunting, and warfare. When the tribe succumbs to waves of disease and settlers, Eli's only option is a return to Texas, where his acquired thirst for freedom and self-determination sets a course for his family's inexorable rise through the industries of cattle and oil. Philipp Meyer's epic tale of more than 150 years of money, family, and power" (Jon Faro). Meyer's debt to Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian" has been widely acknowledged by critics and readers. The defining difference between McCarthy The Elder and Meyer The Younger is the all-important one of tone: McCarthy is relentlessly pessimistic and nihilistic, Meyer is (cautiously) hopeful yet unblinking and all-seeing. In literature, as in life, we need them both; having to choose between one or the other writer is a false choice. And while, like McCarthy's masterpiece, Meyer's novel is soaked in blood, "the point is that despite all that bloodshed, here we all are, still breathing, still falling in love and having children, still living our lives" (Philipp Meyer). An absolute "must-have" title for Philipp Meyer collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Philipp Meyer. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This also comes with a pristine copy of the Printers Row Journal June 2013 Issue, which shows "The Son" on the Cover and has a Feature in the inside pages. This title will become a contemporary classic. This is one of few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Philipp Meyer's "American Rust" is widely regarded as a contemporary American classic. One of the most brilliant living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PHILIPP MEYER TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0062120395. $70.00

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