At Risk

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A New York Times and National Bestseller

In this groundbreaking novel Alice Hoffman creates an ordinary but unforgettable American family – Polly, a wife and mother. Ivan, her husband. Charlie, their eight-year-old, obsessed with dinosaurs. And Amanda, eleven, who dreams of becoming a gymnast. Amanda is blessed with great determination and strength, but when she is diagnosed with AIDS, she and her family must draw on every bit of courage they possess as their lives are torn apart, and as they discover how deep their love for each other really is.

All of Alice Hoffman’s advance was donated to AIDS organizations, including the Writers with Aids Fund at PEN.




“First rate.”
Kurt Vonnegut

“Miss Hoffman heals wounds with the gentle touch of an angel.”
Joseph Heller

“I fell in love with this book. I fell in love with this family. From now on, Alice Hoffman is on my list of must-read authors.”
Judy Blume

“Compelling power.. Tenderness and perceptiveness.”
New York Times

“Brilliant… explosive… heart-rending”
Chicago Tribune

“Deeply impressive… powerful…A major novelist.”

“I have rarely encountered a work that has moved me as strongly… Extraordinary.”