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A PECULIAR KIND OF IMMIGRANT’S SON
By Sergio Troncoso
Cinco Puntos Press
Brilliant. Thought provoking. Extraordinary.
Sergio Troncoso’s much anticipated new collection of stories takes us on journeys from Boston to Manhattan to West Texas. The book is full of unique characters going out into the world, struggling with two cultures, learning to be true to themselves.
SUMMARY: How does a Mexican-American, the son of poor immigrants, leave his border 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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sergio Troncoso is the author of The Last Tortilla and Other Stories and Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, and the novels The Nature of Truth and From This Wicked Patch of Dust. He has taught at the Yale Writers’ Workshop for many years. A Fulbright scholar and winner of numerous literary awards, Troncoso was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s Alumni Hall of Fame and the Texas Institute of Letters. He was born in El Paso, Texas, and attended Harvard College and Yale University, where he earned graduate degrees in international relations and philosophy. Visit him at www.SergioTroncoso.com.