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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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. There are no discussion topics on this don yet.

Aug 04, Rebecca Lien rated it liked it Shelves: The gut-wrenching shame of being shameful of your ethnicity is what got me the most.

I completely understood the Fedco scene and later on the scene at the pharmacy when the salesgirl pointedly ignored their mother and acted like she was nonperson, role Asian mother who shies away from sales people and feels ignored and shunted aside, and people who look down on them with the broken English. The elder son turns into eoley piece of workviolent and vindictive.

Grim, sad, violent, dark.

American Son by Brian Ascalon Roley

Realistic and edgy portrayal. Expelled from school, Tomas turns to breeding and training attack dogs for L. When Gabe runs away, he brings shame and unforeseen consequences to the family. Available Our Retail Price: Roley has created characters that I felt sorry for, but with whom I did not necessarily enjoy sharing company.


Feb 12, Natalie rated it really liked it.

His prose is very masculine, but not graceful: 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? The older brother, Tomas, fashions himself into a Mexican gangster and breeds pricey attack dogs, which he trains in German and sells to Hollywood celebrities. Really solid novel about first generation Filipinos in LA.

The Best Books of Oct 21, Don rated it liked it Shelves: It is a realistically rendered portrayal of coming of age and inner city life in the s. May 25, Caroline rated it did not like it Shelves: Every character has issues.

Jun 01, Deion rated it really liked it. Looking back now, I feel ashamed for having ever felt embarrassed or not proud of my mother and who she is just because others treated her poorly because of her status in this society.

I wanted to believe that he could escape his current circumstances and create his own path instead of following in his brother’s footsteps.

Parts 2 and 3 focused more on that and carried the story more effectively than Part 1. 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.

What is remarkable about the situation that Brian Roley depicts is how little adults do to help Gabe, even though the signals are so loud as to be deafening stealing from your gangster brother and driving to Oregon is a pretty big hint that something is wrong. His brother, Gabe, the story’s narrator and the good son, seeks to understand the mysteries of his adopted country. Jul 02, L rated it really liked it Shelves: The way she [Gabe’s mother] looked at that moment–it haunts me–and I go over it in my head, trying to figure out what she was feeling.


Nov 28, Katie rated it really liked it.

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A powerful novel about ethnically fluid California, and the corrosive relationship between two Filipino brothers. While I appreciate how this text reveals sad truths about Filipino culture and gang violence. Their mother, who moved to America to escape the caste system of Manila and is now divorced from their American father, struggles to keep her sons in line while working two dead-end ameriican.

When Gabe runs away, he brings shame and unforeseen consequences to the family. In many ways, this was a predictable s I found this book to be deeply disturbing. I will admit though that the story didn’t quite work for me as a whole.

It has made me appreciate and respect my family a lot more. 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.

The two brothers and their mother do not often get along, and their various conflicts and difficult attempts to understand each other and their actions is a sad and sometimes frustrating endeavor.

This is a book that spares no one. He is a gang member without a gang. His betrayal of himself and his mother with the truck driver was enough to make me cringe; I almost had to put the book down. Dec 24, Timothy rated it really liked it.