“Our Frail Blood,” published this year by Grove/Atlantic, is about a family’s struggle over power and loyalty, and the blood that ties them together. Malae’s story wrestles with the individual problems of each family member and places them in stark relief to one another. According to a description of the novel from Booklist, “from international adoption to the AIDS crisis, no family member is immune to the emotional pain that living in a complex world brings.”
Malae has also penned another novel and a collection of stories. His novel “What We Are” was the winner of the San Francisco Foundation’s Joseph Henry Jackson Award and the Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowship, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, and finalist for the Pacific Northwest Book Award. His story collection, “Teach The Free Man,” was a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lion’s Prize, the Glasgow Prize and the Story Prize. Malae is a former Steinbeck and MacDowell Fellow.
The event, part of the Readings at the Nick series, is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the Linfield College English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, director of Linfield libraries, 503-883-2517.