Philipp Meyer's debut, American Rust (Random House), was one of the most acclaimed novels of 2009. Now word comes that Meyer (one of The New Yorker's Best 20 Writers Under 40) will publish a second novel in 2012 with Ecco.
The Son focuses on three generations of a Texas family: Eli, his son Pete and Pete's daughter Jeanne. Each face their own challenges—Comanche raiders, border wars and a changing civilization, respectively. Meyer is an expert at detailing the hardscrabble side of American life. Though Texas is a long way from the Pennsylvania setting he portrayed with such elegiac beauty in American Rust, there are thematic echoes in the descriptions of the two novels. My humble prediction: this one'll be on the "Galleys to Grab" list for BEA 2012.