We are thrilled to be hosting Peter Nathaniel Malae on October 18th for a reading and signing of his newest book, Son of Amity, which will be published on October 6th by Oregon State University Press.
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 Marine, 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, 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 to still be saved.
We hope you'll join us in welcoming this former Steinbeck, MacDowell, Arts Council Silicon Valley, and Oregon Literary Arts Fellow to share his latest book with us.