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Our Frail Blood

Malae, Peter Nathaniel (Book - 2013)
Our Frail Blood
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"By way of Italy, the Felice family puts down new roots in Southern California, settling into a grand Victorian home and buying a share of the great American Dream. But for their five, first-generation children, an idyllic childhood didn't quite translate into success and happiness. Rather, the pressures of living up to expectations drove a wide rift through the family. After decades apart, the five siblings find themselves together again at their ailing mother's bedside, caught in a deadlocked feud over her hospice care. Into the morass steps Murron Teinetoa, one of their bastard children, who carries an idealistic hope of finally fitting in among her estranged relatives. In an interweaving narrative, Malae portrays the Felices in their formative years of the fifties; he excavates the personal lives of the siblings in the eighties and nineties; and he follows Murron in the present as she raises her son as a single mother. A powerful and fiery multi-generational story, 'Our Frail Blood' captures the beauty and horror, the strength and fragility, the selfishness and love comprising the threads of familial bonds"--Inside cover flap.
Authors: Malae, Peter Nathaniel
Statement of Responsibility: Peter Nathaniel Malae
Title: Our frail blood
Publisher: New York : Black Cat, c2013
Characteristics: x, 485 p. : geneal. table, 21 cm.
Summary: "By way of Italy, the Felice family puts down new roots in Southern California, settling into a grand Victorian home and buying a share of the great American Dream. But for their five, first-generation children, an idyllic childhood didn't quite translate into success and happiness. Rather, the pressures of living up to expectations drove a wide rift through the family. After decades apart, the five siblings find themselves together again at their ailing mother's bedside, caught in a deadlocked feud over her hospice care. Into the morass steps Murron Teinetoa, one of their bastard children, who carries an idealistic hope of finally fitting in among her estranged relatives. In an interweaving narrative, Malae portrays the Felices in their formative years of the fifties; he excavates the personal lives of the siblings in the eighties and nineties; and he follows Murron in the present as she raises her son as a single mother. A powerful and fiery multi-generational story, 'Our Frail Blood' captures the beauty and horror, the strength and fragility, the selfishness and love comprising the threads of familial bonds"--Inside cover flap.
Subject Headings: Dysfunctional families Fiction Immigrants United States Fiction Immigrant families United States Fiction Italian Americans Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Topical Term: Dysfunctional families
Immigrants
Immigrant families
Italian Americans
ISBN: 0802193714
9780802193711
0802120784
9780802120786
Branch Call Number: FIC M
Research Call Number: JFD 13-2172
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