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"Malae is like a young Nelson Algren or Richard Wright, one of those writers who can hit with both hands." —Russell Banks

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
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Grove Press, Black Cat
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Mark Patton
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dark, dark, dark. I was reminded of the opening line to Tolstoy's Anna Karenina: "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way" since not only is the family generally miserable but each member is unhappy in his/her own special, self-induced (for the most part), misanthropy and/or evil. Toward the end, I thought that things couldn't get much better and that we were headed for a small slice of redemption, but I was mistaken. I still liked the book quite a lot, but my ...more
Katy
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I would recommend this book as a Faulknerian take on the new generation of Americans; a twisted family drama made lofty and literary by an effective, interesting structure and a modernist approach. This book is very much a generational story. It poses questions about the American family unit, relations between generations, and the destructive nature of secrecy.

A few caveats: This book is long. It's very readable, but it is still long. More importantly, the characters are (with perhaps two excep
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