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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In many ways, this briann a predictable s I found this book to be deeply disturbing. Although I am not Filipina, I felt that I was able to relate to a lot of what Tomas and Gabe were feeling, especially as it relates to feelings of shame, especially about their immigrant mother.

Available Our Retail Price: Hopefully, I can look to this review when Professor Straight actually assigns it, in case I’d like to add more insight from class. But I still had a difficult time putting bran down. Jul 29, Camille rated it did not like it. I did get this story and enjoyed it. 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.

Why must all Filipino American lit be so depressing? I completely understood the Fedco scene and later on the scene at the pharmacy when the salesgirl pointedly ignored their mother and acted amedican she was nonperson, the 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.

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.

Jan 23, Chris Van rated it liked it. Roley uses the familiar Cain-and-Abel approach to illustrate the occasionally vicious tug of wills between the two youths, whose relationship is being slowly altered by the outside forces of the alien American culture.


This story was very real for me growing up in Los Angeles and the author’s descriptions roleh true, from the spindly rat infested palm trees to the smudgy plastic stackables from the smogthe hazy thick Marine layer, the thin strip of beach were the airplanes take off over, and the pavement filled with tar in the cracks rather than fixed. I wanted to believe that he could escape his current circumstances and create his own path instead of following in his brother’s footsteps.

Really solid novel about first generation Filipinos in LA. Gabe and Tomas are teenagers being raised by their Filipino mother. The immigrant experience provides rich material for the novelist, including tales of struggle and triumph.

I know exactly what amreican two brother, Tomas and Gabe feel, and had I been a boy, I would have run with the tough guys and gotten into the trouble that boys without fathers have.

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.

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. No detail is wasted, no chance for drama ignored. Cart Support Signed in as: Last time I checked, the majority of us Fil-Ams are Pacquiao-lovin’, pop-star obsessed, hip-hoppin, fun-seeking comedians.

This isn’t a feel good story but it is a look at the life americzn two young men in a large American city with a single mother from another country that wants more for her children in the land of better opportunity.

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Roley is not Cormac McCarthy. Mar 14, Karen rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 23, Erwin Magbanua rated it liked it. My mother had a parking lot incident where a woman accused her of denting her car with a shopping cart, even though my mother was returning the cart to the holder and wasn’t near her car.


Dec 24, Timothy rated it really liked it. 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.


The author failed to skillfully develop or expose any of the tensions that xon beneath the surface of the tenuous rel I actually regret reading this book. It was lacking in a substantial plot. Books by Brian Ascalon Roley. The ending seemed like a part of the story was cut off.

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. Filipino culture lends itself to gestures and a willingly false surface life. The elder son turns into nasty piece of workviolent and vindictive.

He’s writing about these particular Filipinos, characters with a specific backstory This gets a three out of five, mostly because what Roley did with the narrative structure didn’t work for me.

American Son by Brian Ascalon Roley

So, American Son was not, by any means, a painful read. The narrator is younger brother Gabe, who tries to avoid the tar pit of Tomas’s waywardness, yet moves ever closer to embracing it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. After finishing the novel I felt like I needed to wake up from don bad dream. See more of my review at www.