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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“American Son” by Brian Ascalon Roley

Books of the Week. Writing style is spare and direct–only a few scenes in the book but each is acutely spn and incredibly tense and riveting. They feel they ropey pick on the older Asian woman who speaks broken English and scare her into paying.

Full of the ache of being caught in a violent and alienating world, American Son is a debut novel that captures the underbelly of the modern immigrant experience. 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.

I’m grateful that I know I have come a long way from that, but I still have room to grow. Aug 04, Rebecca Lien rated it liked it Shelves: A point of view from a young boy growing up with many violent happenings. The younger son there is more hope for but 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 sonn put in their two penneth.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Brian Ascalon Roley’s penetrating first novel, “American Son,” follows two teenage brothers, the sons of a Filipino amegican who left her country and married an abusive American man who wanted someone “meek and obedient.

Mar 09, Joshua C. Top Reviews Most recent Amsrican Reviews. Really solid novel about first generation Filipinos in LA. Newer Post Older Post Home.


Gabe, the younger of the two, serves as his family’s peacemaker, struggling to maintain good grades while hiding brother Tomas’ dangerous activities from his mother. Every character has issues. 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. A powerful novel about ethnically fluid California, and roleyy corrosive relationship between two Filipino brothers.

We were the foreign ones with the weird clothes and our mother was very much like Tomas and Gabe’s mother.

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It’s not long before he is back home, ashamed and ready to submit to the will of both his brother and America. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. A very sad rad and a case of intelligent youth just wasting their lives through some sort of anger and amercan against society. The novel follows the perspective of Gabe who is just a teenage boy.

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Yet Roley’s characters don’t seem to be merely taking the easy way out. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. 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. The prose itself was poorly written and the characters that Roley creates are absolutely flat. Some reviewer’s seem to be upset that the two brothers continued on goley path they chose instead of doing what is expected of them from members of their family.

Tomas with gifts and Gabe by being there.

By signing up you agree to W. Mar 06, Carrie rated it it was ok. Tomas, the older of the two, has been kicked out of their Catholic high school in Los Angeles, dresses like a Latino gang member, and breeds and trains attack dogs to sell to nervous celebrities.

Dec 17, Leslie Ann rated it liked it Shelves: Despite rare lulls in the plot and an occasional glitch in the novel’s overall strong structure, this is a powerhouse story of vulnerable strangers in a brutal, alien land told with stylish restraint, bare-knuckled realism and tender yet tough clarity.


Lists with This Book. Her American husband divorces her and she works two jobs to make ends meet. Roley has created characters that I felt sorry for, but with whom I did not necessarily enjoy sharing company. Ivy, who is very timid and insecure about her thick Filipino accent, relies on Gabe, the younger son, to help her communicate and get regular errands done.

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. 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.

And the word Flip, that’s what they used to say before Pinoy, even when referring to themselves. If you have an older Salon account, please enter your username and password below: We Should Never Meet: Write a customer review.


There are not unexpected happy endings for this family. Showing of 31 reviews. Published May 17th by W. American Son by Brian Ascalon Roley. rolet

Mar 23, Erwin Magbanua rated it liked it. 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. Altogether this was not a amefican read though I did feel for the mother and the younger son struggling to cope with Thomas and his controlling violent anti social behaviour. A Novel on your Kindle in under a minute.

The gut-wrenching shame of being shameful of your ethnicity is what got me the most.