What We Are

What We Are

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Follows 28-year-old Samoan-American Paul Tusifale as he strives to find his place in a culture that barely acknowledges his existence. Paul drifts on and off the radar in San Jose, California, fighting to define himself within a system that has no easy or predetermined place for him. At first he tries to live outside society, an unemployed drifter who takes a personal interest in defiantly--even violently--defending those in need. But when life as an urban Robin Hood fails to provide the answers he seeks, Paul takes a chance on the straight-and-narrow.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780802119070
0802119077
Branch Call Number: FICTION MALAE 2010
Characteristics: viii, 383 pages ; 22 cm

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A blazing and authentic new literary voice, Malae has written a bold debut novel. What We Are tells a raw and powerful, bullet-fast story that looks at contemporary America through the eyes of one disillusioned son.


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