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Son of Amity

Peter Nathaniel Malae

6 × 9. 216 pages.

2018. ISBN 978-0-87071-945-5. Paperback, $18.95.


Available October 2018

Three lives on the verge of ruin intersect in the small Oregon town of Amity: Pika, a half-Samoan ex-con from California, seeks to deliver justice to his sister’s rapist; Michael, a five-tour Iraq War veteran, faces the cracked mirror of his own embattled soul; and Sissy, a recent convert to Catholicism, must resist the lure of ruthless self judgment and discover what love is. 

 

Determined to escape the past, each of these characters find themselves sharing the same torn-down house, bordering tweaker poverty and bucolic wine country. Violence and penance, family and legacy, recidivism and post-traumatic stress disorder linger with the heavy rain of desperation. At the center of this storm is five-year old Benji, whose wide-eyed energy and openhearted faith could show all of them how their lives might be redeemed.   

 

In this unforgettable tale, award-winning author Peter Nathaniel Malae explores the depths of human pain and trauma with authentic cultural authority. Son of Amity is a novel whose voices cry out with truth and vulnerability, never betraying that slight tilt toward hope needed to make the long, hard trek to tomorrow.

 

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