Baltimore native Philipp Meyer is enjoying a very good spring. The young writer has just published his second novel, “The Son,” to rave reviews in The Washington Post and elsewhere.

Texas Monthly recently released a macho profile of Meyer — with gory photos of him hunting feral hogs. And a piece in the Dallas Morning News last week explained how Meyer’s “love affair with Texas began.” What better way to win over the state’s 26 million residents?

And this month, “The Son” is getting a strong vote of approval from the nation’s independent bookstores. His saga about Texas is No. 1 on the June “Indie Next List.”

That list of “great reads,” compiled from recommendations by members of the American Booksellers Association, means “The Son” will receive special promotion this month in about 2,000 indie bookstores.

“Seeing that people like the book is especially gratifying, though actually saying that makes me a little nervous,” Meyer writes in an e-mail from New York. “I’ve always thought — at least from the artistic point of view — that praise is just as destructive as criticism. So I try to get it out of my head as quickly as possible.”

That can’t be easy. Meyer received plenty of praise for his debut novel, “American Rust” which the Post named one of the top five novels of 2009.

“This book felt much harder to write than the last one,” he says. “Maybe it’s that I had to learn all this history to write it; maybe it’s that it took five years instead of three; maybe it’s just what was happening in my personal life: got married, divorced, moved across the country a few times.”

This week he starts a book tour that will keep him traveling here and abroad for months.

“I’m grateful for all the good stuff that’s happening, but when it’s all over, I’ll be equally happy to retreat to my cave and get back to writing.”

If you’re in the Washington area, you can meet him at Politics & Prose on July 25.

@RonCharles