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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I read this as apart of my Spanish class at Notre Dame University. It has made me appreciate and respect my family a lot more. This isn’t a feel good story but it is a look at the life of 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.

The author failed to bruan develop or expose any of the tensions that lay beneath the surface of the tenuous rel I actually regret reading this book. This is a book that spares no one. Two brothers who seem to have no love for each other. Nov 11, Terri rated it did not like it. A powerful novel about ethnically fluid California, and the corrosive relationship between two Filipino brothers.


He’s writing about these particular Filipinos, characters with a specific backstory that causes them to act in roleg ways–three-dimensional ways.

Every character has issues. 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.

Apr 07, Christa rated it liked it. 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. 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. Jan 07, Keegan rated it it was ok.


Even as an exercise in first person narrators, this was terrible. 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. His brother, Gabe, the story’s narrator and spn good son, seeks to understand the mysteries of his adopted country. 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.

I found this book to be deeply disturbing. Tomas, the eldest son, helps the family earn some money by breeding, training, and selling guard dogs to Hollywood celebrities. Hopefully, I can look to this review when Professor Straight actually assigns it, in case I’d like to add more insight from class.

Mar 06, Carrie rated it it was ok. Although I appreciated how Gabe and his family reflect some characteristics of Filipinos I know, they are pretty flat as characters and Gabe’s coming-of-age at the end is simultaneously predictable and underdeveloped.

American Son

He’s writing about azcalon 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.

It, in fact, seems to be the only hope offered. It also allowed me to see it from a mixed-race POV, which you don’t normally get in other stories. 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”. Newer Post Older Post Home. Required reading for California Ethnic literature, Spring View Full Version of PW.

Her American husband divorces her and she works two jobs to make ends meet. So, American Son was not, by any means, a painful read.

While I appreciate how this text reveals sad truths about Filipino culture and gang violence. American Son is a good story and an easy read, what more can one ask for?

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.


Yet the ending did have the ring sscalon truth because sometimes in life, and especially in the Filipino family dynamic, the consequences one faces for their actions aren’t always physical and direct.

American Son by Brian Ascalon Roley

Jun 01, Deion rated it really liked it. I found it lacking in plot and character development. It was a nice view into the world of those who have immigrated here from the Philippines. I did not enjoy this book. 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. Posted by Laurel Singleton at 7: American Son by Brian Ascalon Roley captures an interesting immigrant experience of a family amercian moves from the Philippines to California.

Expelled from school, Tomas turns to breeding and training attack dogs for L.

In many ways, this was a predictable s I found this book to be deeply disturbing. Two brothers are sons of a Filipino mother and a white American father. While I’m not sure that I’d use the book in its entirety, there are some excerpts that would certainly be thought-provoking. Lists with This Book.

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 wscalon dead-end jobs. The themes out weighted the poor writing. No trivia or quizzes yet. Even though this novel was relatable and a simple read, I had hoped for a more satisfying ending.

Far from perfect, but a new voice to watch. But that is just Roley keeping it real. Mar roely, Rachelle Ayala rated it really liked it.