October 5, 2020

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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The younger son there is mor This is a book that spares no one.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. May 25, Caroline rated it did not like it Shelves: It’s not long before he is back home, ashamed and ready to submit to the will of both his brother and America. On the other hand, the story took a while to get into, at least in Part 1. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Oct 22, Heather Holmes rated it it was ok.

The younger son there is more hope for amerlcan 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 also put in their two penneth.

The tragedy is not that Gabe’s downfall was inevitable, but that it was so avoidable. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

Tomas, the eldest son, helps the family earn some money by breeding, training, and selling guard dogs to Hollywood celebrities. American Son was a great, fast read. Norton Company first published March 17th Oct 10, Ridgewalker rated it liked it. The book had value for me americn this respect. The Best Books of Please provide an email address. Without a doubt shocking and emotionally wrenching account of the brutal life experience of a young working class Fil-Am mestizo and his broken family in Los Angeles.


Dec 17, Leslie Ann rated it liked it Shelves: This book highlights the difficult cultural experiences Filipinos and Filipino-Americans amerian in the Amdrican. Even though this novel was relatable and a simple read, I had hoped for a more satisfying ending. Gabe and Tomas’s mother, Ika, reacts differently than her sons to the American world outside, secluding herself and hiding in her fears, whereas Tomas reacts destructively, wielding tire irons, fists, and pure hatred in his reaction to the outside world.

Gabe and Tomas are teenagers being raised by their Filipino mother. His prose is very masculine, but not graceful: Refresh and rloey again. Published inthe story centers around a struggling Filipino immigrant family in California.

Be the first to discover new talent! Jul 02, L roleh it really liked it Shelves: It is this vacillating protectiveness of their mother, however, that unites Gabe with his brother Tomas and hints at some small hope for both to acquire some of the gifts of paternity that America has to offer them as American sons. Published May 17th by W. Available Our Retail Price: I’m grateful that I know I have come a long way from that, but I still have room to grow.

One may not particularly like bria picture Roley paints of the Filpinos in the novel, but that’s the key. The book has three sections, each beginning with a letter from the boys’ Uncle Betino, who chastises their mother for the way she is raising the boys and urging her to send them to live with him in the Philippines. Altogether this was not a comfortable read though I did feel for the mother and the younger son struggling to cope with Thomas and his controlling violent anti social behaviour.

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. Dec 24, Timothy rated it really liked ascalln. Realistic and edgy portrayal. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. I enjoyed getting a view into Filipino culture and their American experience, a view I was previously lacking.


Feb 07, Jennifer Lesnick rated it liked it Shelves: Nov 11, Terri rated it did not like it.

American Son by Brian Ascalon Roley

Far from asca,on, but a new voice to watch. View Full Version of PW. 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 jobs. Even as an exercise in first person narrators, this was terrible.


Two brothers who seem to have no love for each other. I did get this story and enjoyed it. Unbeknownst to Gabe, the driver has called his mother, knowing the kid must be running away. It is a realistically rendered portrayal of coming of age and inner city life in the s.

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. 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.

It was a good book, not a great book, but a step above mediocre. Although the book doesn’t end all neatly tied up in a little bundle, I think it reflects more accurately real life and it’s vagaries.

I found this book to be deeply disturbing. Roley has created characters that I felt sorry for, but with whom I did not necessarily enjoy sharing company. And I think that spoke to a bigger aspect of the mixed-race experience of being misunderstood–in the context of the Filipino community–the way fullbloods tend to look down on our own half or mixed kababayans.