Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Lone Star Literary Life's Review: A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son

Lone Star Literary Life's review of A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son, by Si Dunn.

"El Paso native Sergio Troncoso’s excellent new short story collection, A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son, takes the reader far, yet not far at all, from the currently troubled Texas-Mexico border...

In A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son, 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.

Where he finds hope for the future, his and the world’s, is in the simple yet wise words of his now-departed relatives and in memories and lessons ingrained in him at the Texas-Mexico border."


Friday, September 20, 2019

NBC News: Fifteen Great New Books for Hispanic Heritage Month

NBC News: Fifteen Great New Books for Hispanic Heritage Month. Thank you, Rigoberto Gonzalez, for putting A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son (Cinco Puntos Press) on this list!

"These poignant short stories shed a startling light on the middle-class experience of Chicanos in New York. An Ivy League education and job security in a cosmopolitan city far from their youth in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands doesn’t mean the American dream has been realized without further conflict... 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. The wounds of leaving home never truly heal."

Monday, September 9, 2019

Kudos from Kirkus: A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son

Hey, Kirkus Reviews chose A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son as one of the "30 most Anticipated Fiction Books for Fall." Thank you, Kirkus! Jeez, I'm with Zadie Smith, Stephen King, Salman Rushdie, Attica Locke, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ann Patchett, and Angie Cruz. I feel dizzy... and grateful.

If you do read my book of linked stories on immigration, please use the table of contents as a guide. The stories are in groups for a reason and relate to each other within their groups. Think of this as a cracked mirror, perhaps, from one angle it may look like a fragment of your face but from another angle you might see a stranger, a monster, even a hero.