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Rachel Howard Book Launch
April 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Rachel Howard joins us to launch her new novel, The Risk of Us.
Praise for The Risk of Us
“An emotionally complex and amazingly suspenseful novel about love and fear.”—Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation
“I’ve never read anything so beautiful about the intricacies of adoption—the process itself, and the seldom-talked-about aftermath. The prose is elegant and compressed; I often had to stop reading to catch my breath. Anyone who has ever loved a child, in any capacity, should read this book.”— Jamie Quatro, author of I Want to Show You More and Fire Sermon
“Rachel Howard’s The Risk of Us (so accurately titled) is a novel of deep pain yet also laughs—lots of them. Nothing is easy in this book, and that’s as it should be. With risk comes a kind of awesome grace. A wonderfully written and candid examination of what it means to be a family.”— Peter Orner, author of Last Car over the Sagamore Bridge and Love and Shame and Love
About The Risk of Us
A poignant, dazzling debut novel about a woman who longs to be a mother and the captivating yet troubled child she and her husband take in.
What is the cost of motherhood? When The Risk of Us opens, we meet a forty-something woman who deeply wants to become a mother. The path that opens up to her and her husband takes them through the foster care system, with the goal of adoption. And when seven-year-old Maresa—with inch-deep dimples and a voice that can beam to the moon–comes into their lives, their hearts fill with love. But her rages and troubles threaten to crack open their marriage. Over the course of a year, as Maresa approaches the age at which children become nearly impossible to place, the couple must decide if they can be the parents this child needs, and finalize the adoption—or, almost unthinkably, give her up.
For fans of Jenny Offill and Rachel Cusk, The Risk of Us deftly explores the inevitable tests children bring to a marriage, the uncertainties of family life, and the ways true empathy obliterates our defenses.