Brian Ascalon Roley is the award-winning author of American Son: a novel (W.W. Norton; Christian Bourgeois Editeur), which was a Los Angeles Times Best Book, New York Times Notable Book, Kiriyama Pacific Rim Prize Finalist and recipient of the Association for Asian American Studies Prose Book Award of 2003, among many other honors. Roley's work has also been featured in the California Council for the Humanities Statewide Reading Campaign of 2004, and has been taught in many classrooms around the country and internationally.
His fiction, literary essays and poetry have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Mixed: An Anthology of Short Fiction on the Multiracial Experience (W.W. Norton), Charlie Chan is Dead 2: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction (Penguin), and several best selling anthologies in the Philippines.
A recent Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, Roley has held artist residencies at Djerassi, Ragdale and VCCA and was a lecturer at Cornell University. He is currently an English professor at Miami University of Ohio and spends most of his time with his family in Cincinnati and California.
He recently completed a new book, forthcoming in 2016, while on leave at Cambridge.
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"Heartbreaking...American Son is a gripping book." -- Aleksandar Hemon, New York Times
"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."
--Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Touching, disturbing." -- Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Book Dragon Notable Book
"Hard-hitting and brash, this debut novel takes a cold, clear-eyed look at the American immigrant experience...This is a powerhouse story of vulnerable strangers living in a brutal, alien land told with stylish restraint, bare-knuckled realism and tender yet tough clarity." -- Publisher's Weekly
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