A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son


By: Sergio Troncoso
Best Collection of Short Stories, International Latino Book Awards

A collection of short stories where Mexican-Americans grapple with their roots as their ambitions take them far from home.



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.

Awards and Accomodations

Best Collection of Short Stories, International Latino Book Awards
Kay Cattarulla Award for Best Short Story, Texas Institute of Letters
Foreword Review INDIES Multicultural Award, Silver
Best Books of 2019, Lone Star Literary Life
Reading the West Award Nominee
30 Most Anticipated Fiction Books for Fall, Kirkus Reviews
15 Great New Books for Hispanic Heritage Month, NBC News

1 review for A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son

  1. Luis Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels and The Hummingbird’s Daughter
    Sergio Troncoso is one of our most brilliant minds in Latina/o Literature. These new stories demonstrate that he is also possessed of a great corazón. This is a world-class collection. Troncoso continues to raise the bar for the rest of us. Highly recommended.

    Kirkus, 30 Most Anticipated Fiction Books for Fall
    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.

    Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street
    Our bodies are legacies that encompass landscapes, borders, ancestors, histories that bind us to the past. Here are stories lodged in the geography of polarities and the taut tightrope act between.

    Christina Chiu,, author of Troublemaker and Other Stories
    In his thought-provoking collection of stories, Sergio Troncoso introduces us to a wide cast of characters, each unique and particular in his or her own way, and yet ever so universal in terms of the human experience. Troncoso’s stories are timely and relevant; only with knowledge can one beat back the bear of a colonial past.

    W. K. Stratton, author of The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, A Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Movie
    I love Sergio Troncoso’s new collection…This book is a triumph, the work of a master writer at the peak of his game.

    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.’

    Lone Star Literary Life, Best of Texas 2019
    [A]n outstanding collection of connected short stories uniquely reflecting life along the troubled Texas-Mexico border.—Michelle Newby Lancaster

    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

    NBC News, 15 great new books for hispanic heritage month
    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.

    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.

    Midwest Book Review
    An inherently fascinating and compelling read from first page to last, “A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son” is an extraordinary and deftly written collection and one that is especially and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Hispanic American Literature & Fiction collections.

    Texas Observer
    [Troncoso’s] most powerful work yet, and an essential addition to the Latinx canon.—Daniel Peña

    Literal Magazine
    Although many stories take place far from the Rio Grande, this is a robust, proud exploration of what it is like to be (on what one character calls) ‘the edge of the edge of the United States’: to be the child of immigrants, to be straddling two worlds–lines between love and sex, past and future, civilization and brutality, life and death.—Greg Walklin

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