From the New York Times bestselling author of The Rules of Magic comes a “memorable...striking”(Village Voice) novel that vividly portrays an American family shattered by tragedy.
Ivan and Polly Farrell have two bright and talented children. Eight-year-old Charlie has his father's scientific mind. Amanda, eleven, possesses the unusual strength and determination that has made her a promising gymnast. But her strength runs out as she becomes ill—and when she is diagnosed with AIDS, her family must draw on their own strengths as they come face-to-face with their deepest fears.
“Compelling power...tenderness and perceptiveness.”—The New York Times
About the Author
Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The Rules of Magic, Practical Magic, The Marriage of Opposites, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. She lives near Boston.
Praise for At Risk
“Graceful...emotionally potent...A cathartic tale that begs us, with heartbreaking eloquence, to stop looking the other way.”—Glamour
“Within pages, the reader falls in love with this very real little girl... Moving, dramatic and painfully human.”—Miami Herald
“I have rarely encountered a work that has moved me as strongly... extraordinary.”—Mademoiselle
“Deeply moving...Sensitivity and empathy...radiate from this beautiful novel.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Compassionate...This is a serious, honest novel.”—Village Voice
“Tender, strikingly simple and deeply memorable.”—Kirkus Reviews
“An affecting novel of exquisite delicacy, with humor, warmth, and sensitivity. Miss Hoffman heals wounds with the gentle touch of an angel.”—Joseph Heller