Our Frail Blood


Product Details

$15.95  $14.67
Grove Press, Black Cat
Publish Date
February 26, 2013
5.4 X 8.2 X 1.4 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Peter Nathaniel Malae is the author of What We Are, a New York Times Editors' Choice, and the story collection, Teach the Free Man, a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and a notable book selection by Story Prize. Winner of the San Francisco Foundation/Intersection for the Arts Joseph Henry Jackson Award, Malae is a former Steinbeck, MacDowell, and Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellow. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.


"The novel's heart is true . . . Malae is at his best: depicting the throbbing pain and joy of an American family." --Publishers Weekly

"The turbulent story of the Felice family . . . speaks to the weaknesses--our frail blood--that so many of us share . . . a thoughtful work." --Kirkus Reviews

"Like Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, Malae's story wrestles with the individual problems of each family member and places them in stark relief to one another. From international adoption to the AIDS crisis, no family member is immune to the emotional pain that living in a complex world brings. For readers who enjoy richly textured family sagas, this is a must-read." --Booklist

"A brilliant, heroically Catholic novel. Dense, Proustian in its savor of the quality of time and its lost chances." --Dennis Haritou, Three Guys One Book

"'America is a land of the pocket, not of the blood.' This Sicilian proverb, a warning to all immigrants, could serve as an epitaph for the Felice family, whose collective tragedy forms the story of Our Frail Blood. This magnificent novel depicts dysfunction and dissolution across three generations. Don't expect the usual immigrant saga about enduring tradition and redemptive assimilation. Malae taps an underground reservoir of grief and rage beneath our multicultural democracy that finally explodes in a terrible geyser." --Anthony DiRenzo, author of Bitter Greens