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Originally published in 1945, the triumphant novel of a great American family dynasty in the Pacific Northwest, by Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Ferber.
Great Son tells the story of four generations of the Melendys, a family grown rich and ill at ease, who watched Seattle grow from a village to a skyscraper town, who felt the rhythm and sweep of America in the building, and the call of the Alaskan gold fields. There is Madam Exact Melendy, who saw Seattle grow from an Indian camp to the wonder city of the Northwest, and Vaughan, her son, who wrested three fortunes from the wilderness, but yielded to the domination of three women. Finally, there is Mike Melendy, a clear-eyed representative of the new generation, who, feeling there was no place to go but up, took to flying. With her signature colorful prose, Edna Ferber brings to life the triumphant story of the magnificent Melendy men and women.
"The world's greatest living American woman novelist." —New York Journal American
"A sure fire bestseller." —The Boston Globe
"The strokes are broad, the story comes alive." —New York Herald Tribune
"The pioneer spirit and the frontier life . . . will reach thousands of Americans." —Springfield Republican
"Miss Ferber is, as always, gifted, fertile and alive." —Saturday Review