American Son. A Novel. Brian Ascalon Roley (Author) to mind Cormac McCarthy and Denis Johnson, American Son is the story of two Filipino brothers adrift in. 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. Brian Ascalon Roley. American Son. Plot overview and analysis written by an experienced literary critic. Full study guide for this title currently under development.

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His mother looks on sadly as both of her amercan are swallowed up by the American dream and the promise of the prosperous life at all costs. We were the foreign ones with the weird clothes and our mother was very much like Tomas and G Realistic and edgy portrayal. This woman hounded my mother and followed her home haranguing her to just pay up. A very sad rad and a case of intelligent youth just wasting their lives through some sort of anger and resentment against society.

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. Two brothers who seem to have no love for each other. Although I appreciated how Gabe and his family reflect some characteristics of Filipinos I know, they roleg pretty flat as characters and Gabe’s coming-of-age at the end is simultaneously predictable and underdeveloped.

And at the end, they stood up for her the only way they knew how, and even though the story had no real ending, it is realistic for literary fiction and I appreciate that the author did not foist an unrealistic sappy happy ending when life is not that way.


I did not enjoy this book. Jun 01, Deion rated it really liked it. Ads are currently disabled.

“American Son” by Brian Ascalon Roley

Showing of 31 reviews. One may not particularly like the picture Roley paints of the Filpinos in the novel, but that’s the key. 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.

Mar 09, Joshua C. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. We all thought you would become a nun, but instead you became an American! It tells of a Filipino women who left her homeland to come to the USA hoping for a better life for her children.

Ameriacn 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. The themes out weighted the poor writing.

A powerful novel about ethnically fluid California, and the corrosive relationship between two Filipino brothers. I read this book for a sociology class as a mandated reading assignment, but devoured it once I began it. See and discover other items: They feel they can pick on the older Asian woman who speaks broken English and scare her into paying.

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, the Asian mother who shies away from sales people and feels ignored and shunted aside, and anerican who look down on them with the broken English.

The book had value for me in this respect.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Told with a hard-edged purity that brings to mind Cormac McCarthy and Denis Johnson, American Son is the story of two Filipino brothers adrift in contemporary California.

It’s still summer break, lol. The Best Books of Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It has made me appreciate and respect my family a lot more. Her American husband divorces her and she works two jobs to make ends meet. Does this foreshadow a sequel? While I appreciate how this text reveals sad truths about Filipino culture and gang violence.


Brian Ascalon Roley’s penetrating first novel, “American Son,” follows two teenage brothers, the sons of a Filipino woman who left her country and married an abusive American man who wanted someone “meek and obedient. He’s writing about these particular Filipinos, characters with a specific backstory that causes them to act in ameriacn ways–three-dimensional ways.

The prose itself was poorly written and the characters that Roley creates are absolutely flat. And the word Flip, that’s what they used to say before Pinoy, even when referring to themselves. Write a customer review. Tomas, the eldest son, helps the family earn some money by breeding, training, orley selling guard dogs to Hollywood celebrities. Posted by Laurel Singleton at 7: Please try again later.

On the other hand, the story took a while to get into, at least in Part 1. His clipped and poetic style serves the novel well, and readers will be compelled to follow this tale to its violent and ambiguous conclusion. But that is just Roley keeping it real. Page 1 of 1 Amerocan over Page 1 of 1.

I come from an entirely different world but I have some resonance with these eoley.

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Even though this novel was relatable and a simple read, I had hoped for a more satisfying amerkcan. Available Our Retail Price: He was extremely friendly and helped us understand his book. 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.