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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Or does that make the book disappointing? The book had value for me in this respect. 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 was extremely friendly and helped us understand his book. No detail is wasted, no chance for drama ignored. Sep 28, Derek rated it really liked it. One of her boys, Tomas, has assumed the persona of a young Mexican street thug and is helping her make ends meet by raising and selling guard dogs to rich clients.


I was hopeful for him, rooting for him even though I didn’t particularly like him. It tells of a Filipino women who left her homeland to come to the USA hoping for a better life for her children. Books by Brian Ascalon Roley.

Novel Conversations: American Son, by Brian Ascalon Roley

Where are those books??? The first section focuses on Tomas, his dogs, and the multiple ways in which he embarrasses and abuses Gabe and their mother. With clean, beautifully understated prose and a chin-thrust-forward attitude, “American Son” suggests that Gabriel’s own self-loathing and alienation prevent him from grasping the opportunities laid out for him by amerjcan mother and lead him to a life of violence he’s known too well at the hand of Tomas. It is the profoundly sad story of two Filipino-American teenage brothers; their mother is Filipino, their absent father Anglo-American.

When Gabe runs away, he brings shame and unforeseen consequences to the family. 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. There are not unexpected happy endings for this family.

They feel they can pick on the older Asian woman who speaks broken English and scare her into paying. Mother especially struggles as his anerican training and selling business helps pay the household bills. Two brothers who seem to have no love for each other.

Even as an exercise in first person narrators, this was terrible. America Is in amerucan Heart: After finishing the novel I felt like I needed to wake up from a bad dream.


To ask other readers questions about American Sonplease sign up. American Son features no triumph, however.

Gabe, defeated after a beating from his brother, steals Tomas’ white Mexican gangster Oldsmobile and takes off for Northern California.

A Tale for the Time Being: As a full-blooded Fil-Am, I could relate to a lot of the sentiments and quirks of growing up with immigrant relatives, as well as the problems that can arise from that.


Yet Roley’s characters don’t seem to be merely taking the easy way out. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? American Son is a good story and an easy read, what more can one ask for?

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 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.