Sunday, November 3 at 5 PM
speaking & signing
A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son
in conversation with W. K. Stratton
ABOUT A PECULIAR KIND OF IMMIGRANT'S SON
A collection of short stories where Mexican-Americans grapple with their roots as their ambitions take them far from home.
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.
ABOUT SERGIO TRONCOSO
Sergio Troncoso is the author of The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, and the novels The Nature of Truth and From This Wicked Patch of Dust. He's a member of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund's Alumni Hall of Fame and of the Texas Institute of Letters. Troncoso has also been a recipient of numerous awards, including the International Latino Book Award, the Premio Aztlan Literary Prize, and the Southwest Book Award. He was born in El Paso, Texas, and attended Harvard College and Yale University, where he earned graduate degrees in international relations and philosophy.
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