American Son has ratings and 45 reviews. Rachelle said: Realistic and edgy portrayal. I know exactly what the two brother, Tomas and Gabe feel, and h. American Son is a novel that was written by American author Brian Ascalon Roley and published by W. W. Norton & Company Publishing in paperback format in. Tomas is the son who helps pay the mortgage by selling attack dogs to rich people .. Excerpted from American Son by Brian Ascalon Roley.

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It is the profoundly sad story of two Filipino-American teenage brothers; their mother is Filipino, their absent father Anglo-American.

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I really liked this novel. Published May 17th by W. To ask other readers questions about American Sonplease sign up. We were the foreign ones with the rokey clothes ascalin our mother was very much like Tomas and Gabe’s mother.

I come from an entirely different world but I have some resonance with these characters. Feb 07, Jennifer Lesnick rated it liked it Shelves: We were the foreign ones with the weird clothes and our mother was very much like Tomas and G Realistic and edgy portrayal.

American Son

Yet the ending did have the ring of truth because sometimes in life, and especially in the Filipino family dynamic, the consequences one faces for their actions aren’t always physical and direct. The characters were interesting enough for me to follow the story to its end, but it lacked a certain climactic punch that I was hoping for given the nature of the characters.

Far from perfect, but a new voice to watch. American Son A Novel. Maybe now, younger Filipinos have more pride and nationalism, but I have friends who have Filipino mothers, but are half white and they have green eyes and light skin. Why must all Filipino American lit be so depressing? The plot is riddled with holes, the characters are inherently uninteresting, but for the most part, this would make good airplane reading. Even though he is half Filipino and half white, he prefers to conceal the fact that he is part Filipino and present himself as just a white American in many events.



Dec amercan, Leslie Ann rated it liked it Shelves: I found it lacking in plot and character development. In many ways, this was a predictable s I found this book to be deeply disturbing. The ending seemed like a part of the story was cut off. Their Anglo-American father, long-gone, has left them with little more than a mixed heritage that challenges both their sense of self and place in the world.

It’s not long before he is back home, ashamed and ready to submit to the will of both his brother and America. When his car breaks down just south of the Oregon border, Gabe is befriended by a tow-truck driver who shares in conversation his disdain for L.

No Hollywood happy ending here but more of an Indie real American Son is a good story and an easy read, what more can one ask for? Her American husband divorces her and she works two jobs to make ends meet. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, roleh.

Nov 11, Terri rated it did not like it. But I still had a difficult time putting it down. Mother especially struggles as his dog training and selling business helps pay the household bills. Tomas, the older of the two, has been kicked out of their Catholic high school in Los Angeles, dresses like a Latino gang member, and breeds and trains attack dogs to sell to nervous celebrities. The elder son turns into nasty piece of workviolent and vindictive.


AMERICAN SON by Brian Ascalon Roley | Kirkus Reviews

Hard-hitting and brash, ameridan debut novel takes a cold, clear-eyed look at the American immigrant experience. It is this vacillating protectiveness of their mother, however, that unites Gabe with his brother Tomas and hints at some amerjcan hope for both to acquire some of the gifts of paternity that America has to offer them as American sons.

I liked the book enough to finish it the short length helpsbut I will probably not follow this Fil-Am author. I read rolley as apart of my Spanish class at Notre Dame University. Apr 07, Christa rated it liked it. Roley has created characters that I felt sorry for, but with whom I did not necessarily enjoy sharing company. The book was exceptionally good because in the middle of the book, i was a little bit lost of who was who and it got to the point where i didn’t really care anymore, but my attention came back at the end of the story when something intriguing occurred during the incident with Ben, Tomas, and Gabe where Ben, the little boy,was being threatened by Tomas and Gabe, knowing that Gabe isn’t asfalon the type of person to become violent all of a sudden.


Roley is not Cormac McCarthy. Please provide an email address. I did like the book although it was a little slow and the writing lacked fitness. Sep 28, Derek rated it really liked it.

Without a doubt shocking and emotionally wrenching account of the role life experience of a young working class Fil-Am mestizo and his broken family in Los Angeles.

Unwilling or maybe even unable to break through his shell, he endures the alienation of his mother and the bullying of his brother without attempting to confront either. If you’ve ever seen “The Debut” with Dante Basco, you’d see the parallels. This is a book that spares no one.

When Tomas decides they need to take revenge on a woman who is hounding their mother about paying for minor damages to her Land Rover, Gabe’s descent into Tomas’s world seems complete.

I did get this story and enjoyed it.

He’s writing about these particular Filipinos, characters with a specific backstory that causes them to act in certain ways–three-dimensional ways. The story is punctuated by the other’s brother in the Philippines who rolet to her offering to have the boys “back home where they would learn respect and be disciplined properly”. Thanks for telling us about the problem.