Son of Amity
Oregon State University Press
Three lives in 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 marine, faces the cracked mirror of his own embattled soul; and Sissy, a recent Catholic convert, must determine once and for all what love is. These three lives cannot escape the desperation of the past, combusting amidst poverty and drug use, post-traumatic stress disorder and recidivism; and yet those same lives, day after day, make the long trek to tomorrow, with the help of a five-year old boy.
Peter Nathaniel Malae is the author of Our Frail Blood, What We Are, and the story collection Teach the Free Man. He is a former Steinbeck, MacDowell, Arts Council Silicon Valley, and Oregon Literary Arts Fellow.
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