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A PECULIAR KIND OF IMMIGRANT'S SON

by Sergio Troncoso
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"Sergio Troncoso is one of our most brilliant minds in Latina/o Literature...This is a world-class collection." Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels and The Hummingbird’s Daughter

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13-digit ISBN9781947627338
FormatPaperback
LanguageEnglish
Publication DateOctober 1, 2019
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How does a Mexican-American, the son of immigrants, a child of the border, la frontera, leave home and move to the heart of gringo America? How does he adapt to the worlds of wealth, elite universities, the rush and power of New York City? How does he make peace with a stern old-fashioned father who has only known hard field labor his whole life? With echoes of Dreiser's American Tragedy and Fitzgerald's Gatsby, Troncoso tells his luminous stories through the lens of an exile adrift in the 21st century, his characters suffering from the loss of culture and language, the loss of roots and home as they adapt to the glittering promises of new worlds which ultimately seem so empty.
The Millions
"A collection of stories about told from the perspective of a Mexican-American man born to poor parents and making his way through the elite institutions of America. Luis Alberto Urrea calls the book 'a world-class collection.'"
- July 15, 2019  Visit Website
Lone Star Literary Life
Sergio Troncoso tells skillfully nuanced stories from the perspective of a poor immigrants’ son who has found success within the world of America’s elite universities and financial power, yet still feels adrift and alienated and seeks deeper meanings.
- Si Dunn, September 22, 2019  Visit Website
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NBC News
"These poignant short stories shed a startling light on the middle-class experience of Chicanos in New York...Sergio Troncoso dispels the myth of assimilation as a safe haven and reminds readers that distance from a working-class upbringing doesn’t absolve a person from the responsibility to one’s community."
- September 20, 2019  Visit Website
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Kirkus Reviews
Troncoso's sharp-edged stories speak to the difficult lives of those who, as he writes, are born behind in a race they must run all the same.
- July 15, 2019 
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Alta magazine
Chicano literature began with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, when a sizable Latino population was separated from its land and heritage. Sergio Troncoso has written brilliantly of this disruption and its pull.
- Kent Black, October 2, 2019 
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