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The Big Texas Read featuring Sergio Troncoso
December 8, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CSTFree
UP NEXT FOR THE BIG TEXAS READ: December 8th, 2021 via Zoom @ 7PM CST
We’re reading Sergio Troncoso’s story collection, A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son. This session will be moderated by novelist and former TBTR author, Cliff Hudder.
ABOUT THE BOOK
“This is a world-class collection.” —Luis Alberto Urrea
“It’s his most powerful work yet, and an essential addition to the Latinx canon.” —The Texas Observer
“A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son is Troncoso at his absolute finest … a masterwork bursting with immigrant intimacies, electrifying truths and hard-earned tenderness.” —Junot Díaz
How does a Mexican-American, the son of poor immigrants, leave his border 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 most recently the author of A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son, which Luis Alberto Urrea praised as “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, he has won the Kay Cattarulla Award for Best Short Story, Premio Aztlan Literary Prize, International Latino Book Award for Best Collection of Short Stories, Southwest Book Award, Bronze Award for Essays from ForeWord Reviews, and the Silver and Bronze Awards for Multicultural Adult Fiction from foreword Reviews. Troncoso has served as a judge for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the New Letters Literary Awards in the Essay category. His work has recently appeared in the Texas Highways, Houston Chronicle, CNN Opinion, New Letters, Yale Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Texas Monthly Magazine. He teaches fiction and nonfiction at the Yale Writers’ Workshop. A Fulbright scholar, Troncoso is president of the Texas Institute of Letters.