Meet the Author: Philipp Meyer
19 July 2013 Last updated at 17:23 BST
The Washington Post said it 'could make claim to be a Great American novel', whilst the Times described it as a 'magnificent sprawling epic'.
The Son is the second novel by American author Philipp Meyer.
It follows the journey of one family as they rise from pioneers on the Texas frontier to become one of the State's richest families.
The BBC's Nick Higham discusses The Son with Phillip Meyer.