Join us for an author talk with Sergio Troncoso, who will discuss his book, "A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son," a collection of linked short stories on immigration which Luis Alberto Urrea called “a world-class collection.”
Troncoso also edited the 2021 anthology, "Nepantla Familias: An Anthology of Mexican American Literature on Families in between Worlds," which received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. The author of eight books and a Fulbright scholar, Troncoso is president of the Texas Institute of Letters and teaches at the Yale Writers' Workshop. He has served as a judge for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the New Letters Prize for Essays. His work has recently appeared in the Texas Highways, Houston Chronicle, CNN Opinion, Yale Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Texas Monthly. His novel Nobody's Pilgrims is forthcoming in 2022.
ABOUT THE BOOK "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 seductive promises of wealth and 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 labor his whole life? With a misfit family that breaches all decorum even at a funeral? 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 twenty-first century, his characters suffering from the loss of culture and language, the loss of roots and home as they adapt to the glittering illusions of new worlds which ultimately seem so empty" -- Provided by publisher.