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Don't Mess with Texas

- Abstract

The Son, Philipp Meyer’s second book, aims to be the Great Texan Novel. The story begins in 1836, the year of the Alamo, and ends in 2012, with the unacknowledged half-Mexican heir of a powerful family riding into the distance while the family mansion succumbs to flame behind him. Three voices—one from an ostensible WPA recording made for Texas’s centennial, one from the author of a handwritten journal twice rescued from destruction, and one relating a series of near-death flashbacks—narrate the tale.



About the Author

Fernanda Moore’s fiction and criticism appear regularly in Commentary.