Far from perfect, but a new voice to watch. Gabe and Tomas are teenagers being raised by their Filipino mother. 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. Gabe, the good younger son, watches silently as his brother, sporting the tattoos and attire of a Mexican gang member, plummets further into a threatening world of theft and brutality.

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These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. It was originally published exclusively in the English langauge, but was later translated to Filipino because of the subject matter of the novel.

The book chronicles the lives of two Filipino brothers and their semi-successful attempts to assimilate into the culture and society of Southern California. One brother, Tomas , has chosen the rough way of life. He dresses in the style of Mexican gangsters, and he breeds attack dogs and sells them to Hollywood celebrities for a living. The other brother, Gabe , does the opposite. He tries to maintain his good grades, while also attempting to keep his mother from knowing about Tomas' dangerous illicit activities.

Despite his attempts to distance himself from the way that Tomas lives, Gabe finds himself increasingly drawn towards it. The struggles of both of the brothers are told throughout the book. This story is told with a keen purity that expertly weaves together a powerful message about foreign inhabitants of the United States of America and an engrossing tale of two brothers doing all that they can to survive.

It is because of these traits that the book received the handful of awards that it did. It was also a notable selection in a issue of the New York Times. There is no denying that the number of awards that American Son has received, although most are fairly prestigious, is small, and this is in no part indicative of the novel's quality. Many speculate that because the book was written by a wholly unknown author, few people saw it, which led to few critics reviewing it.

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'American Son'

A powerful novel about ethnically fluid California, and the corrosive relationship between two Filipino brothers. 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 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 narrator is younger brother Gabe, who tries to avoid the tar pit of Tomas's waywardness, yet moves ever closer to embracing it. 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. When Gabe runs away, he brings shame and unforeseen consequences to the family.


American Son

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