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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One may not particularly like the picture Roley paints of the Filpinos in the novel, but that’s the key. Really solid novel about first generation Filipinos in LA.

They steal drugs from a dealer, plumbing from a fancy aascalon, and in the disturbing conclusion beat a boy who has done nothing. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

The way she [Gabe’s ascakon looked at that moment–it haunts me–and I go over it in my head, trying to figure out what she was feeling. Gabe, the younger son and narrator, is “the son who is quiet and no trouble”; but Gabe is struggling–he feels out of place with at school and in the neighborhood, he’s afraid of his own brother, and he loves but is ashamed of his mother.

Even as an exercise in first person narrators, this was terrible. Required reading for California Ethnic literature, Spring There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It was a nice view into the world of those who have immigrated here from the Philippines. Lists with This Book. And the word Flip, that’s what they used to say before Pinoy, even when referring to themselves.

American Son

Apr 07, Christa rated it liked it. American Son was a really great book that invoked some interesting thoughts on race and identity.


To view it, click here. Aug 04, Rebecca Lien rated it liked it Shelves: His prose is very masculine, but not graceful: The younger son there is more hope for but he is pulled in all directions – big brother is horrible and controlling, other ineffective and struggling but he tries to help her, and other relatives who rpley put in their two ameeican.

Gabe clearly tries to give himself an identity as the good son and the good brother. 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 adcalon complete. Trivia About American Son. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

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Mar 06, Jeffkrusel1 rated it liked it. American Son A Novel. Aug 05, Annie rated it really liked it. Two Puerto Rican boys live in a bad part of town with their ex-pat mother who works two dead-end jobs trying to make a better life for her boys.

It, in fact, seems to be the only hope offered.

American Son by Brian Ascalon Roley

Mother especially struggles as his dog training and selling business helps pay the household bills. While some portions of it resonated personally with me, as a second generation Filipino living in LA myself, that was definitely not enough to save this book. Oct 10, Ridgewalker rated it liked it. The themes out ascaoon the poor writing.

Books of the Briann. The story is punctuated by the other’s brother in the Philippines who writes to her offering to have the boys “back home where they would learn respect and be disciplined properly”. At times she looks mad but at others she seems hurt, and I cannot tell which look is my memory and which is my imagination. Instead of highlighting the struggle of growing up mestizo on a first-hand basis, it really highlighted the struggle of trying to fit in and identity, which would make this book a great read for adolescents.


Oct 21, Don rated it liked it Shelves: The narrator is A powerful novel about ethnically fluid California, and the corrosive relationship between two Filipino brothers.


Newer Post Older Post Home. He is often shrouded in silence, a complex character while at the same time somewhat blank. I enjoyed getting a view into Filipino culture and their American experience, a view I was previously lacking. It’s not long before he is back home, ashamed and ready to submit to the will of both his brother and America. Gabe, as the protagonist, is the most frustrating of the characters in his sheer listlessness, which is rendered all too well by Roley, almost to the point where I was often turned off by the depiction.

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But Betino’s sister Ika, divorced from her American husband and living in the U. The author failed to skillfully develop or expose any of the tensions that lay beneath the surface of the tenuous relationships between Tomas, Gabe, and his mother. Formerly deemed a mama’s boy, Gabe runs away, stealing his brother’s prized Oldsmobile and best dog, trying to escape his brother’s growing influence.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Their mother, who moved to America to escape the caste system of Manila and is now divorced from brisn American father, struggles to keep her sons in line while working two dead-end jobs. By signing up rolfy agree to W. This book highlights the difficult cultural experiences Filipinos and Filipino-Americans experience in the U. He left the mother, Ivy, to raise her two sons on her own.

Dec 17, Leslie Ann rated it liked it Shelves: Come home, urges Uncle Betino in a letter from Manila at the beginning of Roley’s tale.