Book Nook: The Son, by Philipp Meyer

Jul 25, 2013

Almost every day someone will ask me if I have read any good books lately?  I always respond in the affirmative. Anybody who has asked me that question during the past month has received the same response. I tell them that "The Son" by Philipp Meyer is the finest novel that I have read in a long time.

This multigenerational saga of a Texas family was the product of extensive research and a long and arduous writing process. In this interview the author explains how this book took shape and how his original book, to use his own word for it, was "terrible." He finally figured out a way to fix it. His explanation of this situation and how he went about elevating a mediocre story into a marvelous one provides us with a fascinating inside look into the creation of this truly amazing book.