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En helt vanlig familj de Alice Hoffman
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En helt vanlig familj (original: 1988; edição: 1989)

de Alice Hoffman, Elisabeth Olin

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New York Times bestseller from the author of The Rules of Magic: In 1980s America, a family copes with their daughter's terrifying diagnosis. In a lovely old house near the coast of Massachusetts, the Farrells go through the routines of a typical August morning. Eight-year-old Charlie, a junior biologist and dinosaur expert, tries to collect one of his insect specimens. His sister, Amanda, a talented gymnast who at eleven years old is already saving her money to try out for the Olympics, prepares for her last meet of the summer. Ivan, their absent-minded father, is involved with his work as an astronomer. Out in the garden, his wife, Polly, wonders how she can trick her children into eating more zucchini.     They are a family as unique and ordinary as any other, but their world will soon be shattered when Amanda is diagnosed with the disease that has been making headlines lately: AIDS. The new and still-mysterious ailment scares them--and their friends and neighbors as well. In an instant, everything that gave their lives meaning is ripped away, and the intimacy that once came so naturally vanishes. Too overcome with grief to turn to each other, Ivan and Polly seek solace elsewhere. Charlie is abandoned by his best friend and, for long stretches at a time, forgotten by his parents. Amanda, who holds on to her dreams so tightly, must somehow find a way to let go.     Torn apart by the prospect of their loss, Polly, Ivan, and Charlie must find the courage to come back together again--for Amanda's sake and for their own. At Risk is an exquisite book about true sorrow and even truer devotion.… (mais)
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Título:En helt vanlig familj
Autores:Alice Hoffman
Outros autores:Elisabeth Olin
Informação:Stockholm : MånPocket, 1989 ;
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In this era of a global pandemic, I found a resonance with this book about the AIDS epidemic. In this case, the story focuses on one family and the effect of an AIDS diagnosis when their eleven-year-old daughter, a budding gymnastic star, is diagnosed with AIDS due to a blood transfusion. Mother, father, and brother are all deeply impacted as well as the other townsfolk and family. This is in the early days of AIDS when there was still a lot of misinformation and fear (much like today with Covid-19).
Alice Hoffman is one of my favorite authors, so I was happy to find a book of hers that I'd missed reading. The story is both poignant and infuriating as new bonds are forged and old friendships lost. As I watch my fellow American citizens try to deal with the current pandemic, I recall how poorly our government assisted in the AIDS crisis and how helpless many medical people felt in dealing with their patients, and how fear overrode common sense for many people.
This book is a small but well-written time capsule that reminds one how everything goes around, very apropos for our times. ( )
  N.W.Moors | May 15, 2020 |
Could've sworn I wrote a review. I remember being quite moved by this - I wish I knew why I gave it three stars instead of four... ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
3.5 Stars. Not quite a 4 from me but deserves more than 3. I quite enjoyed most of these short stories although a few I felt were lacking something and one I skipped altogether after the first couple pages. I did mostly enjoy it though but the stories were not what I normally get into. ( )
  HelenDeakin | Sep 26, 2015 |
3.5 Stars. Not quite a 4 from me but deserves more than 3. I quite enjoyed most of these short stories although a few I felt were lacking something and one I skipped altogether after the first couple pages. I did mostly enjoy it though but the stories were not what I normally get into. ( )
  HelenDeakin | Sep 26, 2015 |
This book has taken me MONTHS to read. It's very sad, and a little boring... Alice Hoffman is one of my favorite authors so I'm very dissapointed in how I feel about this book... For what it was the book was good, but it's not at all the genre I'm interested in, or the genre I'm accustomed to from Alice Hoffman... She doesn't usually make me cry... ( )
  KRaySaulis | Aug 13, 2014 |
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New York Times bestseller from the author of The Rules of Magic: In 1980s America, a family copes with their daughter's terrifying diagnosis. In a lovely old house near the coast of Massachusetts, the Farrells go through the routines of a typical August morning. Eight-year-old Charlie, a junior biologist and dinosaur expert, tries to collect one of his insect specimens. His sister, Amanda, a talented gymnast who at eleven years old is already saving her money to try out for the Olympics, prepares for her last meet of the summer. Ivan, their absent-minded father, is involved with his work as an astronomer. Out in the garden, his wife, Polly, wonders how she can trick her children into eating more zucchini.     They are a family as unique and ordinary as any other, but their world will soon be shattered when Amanda is diagnosed with the disease that has been making headlines lately: AIDS. The new and still-mysterious ailment scares them--and their friends and neighbors as well. In an instant, everything that gave their lives meaning is ripped away, and the intimacy that once came so naturally vanishes. Too overcome with grief to turn to each other, Ivan and Polly seek solace elsewhere. Charlie is abandoned by his best friend and, for long stretches at a time, forgotten by his parents. Amanda, who holds on to her dreams so tightly, must somehow find a way to let go.     Torn apart by the prospect of their loss, Polly, Ivan, and Charlie must find the courage to come back together again--for Amanda's sake and for their own. At Risk is an exquisite book about true sorrow and even truer devotion.

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