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.
"This is a tough, haunting, compelling book—one that deals withour society now, with violence and poverty and identity and the very real consequences of being in the crosshairs of war. What a marvel the language is, too. Every sentence is carefully built. Malae ia a powerhouse of a writer." —Pauls Toutonghi, author of Dog, Gone and Evel Knievel Days
"From the farthest, wettest corner of war-damaged America, Peter Nathaniel Malae brings us the story of a family bound by a shared history of violence, and liberated by the miracle of shared mercy. Written with immense intellect and swagger, Son of Amity imbues the street-level realities ofour times — in our cities, towns, prisons, and psyches — with the power of myth." — Jon Raymond, author of Freebird and The Half-Life
"Son of Amity is... a thoughtfully crafted masterwork, and a wholly American tragedy." — The Oregonian