The Son

After an adolescence as a Comanche captive, Eli McCullough – the first boy born in the Republic of Texas – grows up to be an obsessively ambitious patriarch in Philip Meyer's century-spanning western epic.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…