At Risk

By Alice Hoffman

In a singular the Village Voice calls "memorable" and "striking," Alice Hoffman vividly portrays a relatives shattered by way of tragedy while eleven-year-old Amanda is clinically determined with AIDS...

"Brilliant...explosive...heart-rending." --Chicago Tribune

"Graceful...emotionally potent...A cathartic story that begs us, with heartbreaking eloquence, to forestall taking a look the opposite way."--Glamour

"Within pages, the reader falls in love with this very genuine little girl... relocating, dramatic and painfully human."--Miami Herald

"Compelling power...tenderness and perceptiveness." --New York Times

"I have hardly encountered a piece that has moved me as strongly... extraordinary." --Mademoiselle

"Deeply impressive...powerful." --Newsweek

"Deeply moving...Sensitivity and empathy...radiate from this pretty novel." --Chicago Sun-Times

"Compassionate...This is a significant, sincere novel." --Village Voice

"Tender, strikingly basic and deeply memorable." --Kirkus Reviews

"An affecting novel of beautiful delicacy, with humor, heat, and sensitivity. omit Hoffman heals wounds with the light contact of an angel." --Joseph Heller

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She has a tremendous quantity of power, and he or she loves the youngsters, even the wild ones, who're despatched frequently to her place of work for misbehaving. this night she’s bought a grin on her face, yet her pores and skin seems to be white; it sort of feels to be drawn too tightly over her bones. She starts off the assembly by way of introducing Ed Reardon. most people within the room be aware of Ed, he’s their childrens’ health professional, but if he supplies his brief, ready speak about AIDS, there’s without notice a relax within the room. Polly needs she had worn a sweater, and he or she hopes that Amanda and Charlie are donning hot pajamas.

He ignored it while she concealed in closets in the course of thunderstorms, whilst she refused to depart the home for 3 weeks after their cat used to be run over through a automobile, whilst she couldn’t accompany him to his father’s funeral. It was once precise, he had lots to whinge approximately, every thing she did she did halfheartedly. She’d commence the laundry yet by no means end, in order that her husband wore damp outfits to paintings. The frozen dinners she cooked have been regularly icy within the heart. She was once nonetheless receiving messages, yet they have been jumbled now, as if she had a crossed connection, and she or he had a continuing, boring headache.

Ironing, her hair pulled again with combs, Claire had appeared so outdated. Polly recalls pondering how ridiculous it used to be for a grown-up girl to be crying within the kitchen. whereas Polly is gazing the ladies, Charlie dumps a looseleaf workstation and a Terminator lunchbox into the cart. The crash makes Polly bounce. “Don’t sneak up on me! ” Polly says. “That’s Janis Carter,” Charlie says of the lady Amanda’s met. “She has an excellent Dane that’s greater than she is. It’s smarter than she is, too. ” She’s now not clever, she’s no longer beautiful, she offers her mom bitter seems.

I actually don’t are looking to. particularly. ” whilst the doorbell earrings, Charlie and Ivan examine one another. “Trick-or-treaters,” Ivan says triumphantly. He grabs a number of sweet bars and is going to the door. There’s a grown-up witch available in the market, in a black cape and tall black hat. Ivan stares at her and holds quickly to the Milky methods. “It’s all right,” Laurel Smith tells him. “I’m a superb witch. ” Ivan laughs and opens the door. whilst Laurel comes inside of there’s a hurry of chilly, candy air. There are a few yellow leaves caught to the ground of her black boots.

Don’t reply to it in any respect. ” It’s Saturday, and Ivan plans to take all of them out to breakfast. They constantly visit a espresso store referred to as The Station, which has nice domestic fries and blueberry pancakes, yet now Ivan says he desires to test a diner he’s heard approximately in Gloucester, recognized for its French toast. He might by no means admit to Polly or an individual else that he simply has to get out of Morrow, a minimum of for an hour. In Gloucester not anyone will be aware of them; they’ll be only one extra kin ordering breakfast, inquiring for refills of espresso and an additional order of rye toast.

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