"American Son," not unlike Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections" and much else in recent American fiction, shows how family members are capable of afflicting and disappointing one another. But it is overlaid with a much more ambitious theme: Roley wants us to see how our authentic selves can be betrayed and corrupted by the thoroughly American phenomenon of self-invention. For Roley, the breeding and training of attack dogs symbolizes how readily we tamper with our own origins...
Roley writes with assurance, grace and insight, and he plays expertly with our perceptions and expectations...And Roley is one young writer with something important to say: he has fused a coming-of-age story with a variant on the American immigrant saga, and the result is both explosive and illuminating.
Causes Brian Roley Supports
Special needs inclusion