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Hazard: A Sister's Flight from Family and a Broken Boy
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Hazard is a poignant, unflinching memoir of the emotional intricacies of growing up with a severely disabled sibling. Margaret Combs shows how her Southern Baptist family coped with lived reality of autism in an era of ignorance and shame, the 1950s through the 1970s, and shares her own tragedy and anguish of being torn between helping her brother and yearning for her own life. Like many siblings of disabled children, young Margaret drives herself to excel in order to make up for her family's sorrow and ultimately flees her family for what she hopes is a “normal" life.Hazard is also a story of indelible bonds between siblings: the one between Combs and her sister, and the deep and rueful one she has with her disabled brother; how he and she were buddies; and how fervently she wanted to make him whole. Initially fueled by a wish that her brother had never been born, the author eventually arrives in a deeper place of gratitude for this same brother, whom she loves and who loves her in return.
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Margaret Combs. (2017). Hazard: A Sister's Flight from Family and a Broken Boy. Skyhorse.

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        Margaret Combs is an award-winning journalist who began her writing life as a National Public Radio reporter and education correspondent for the Boston Globe. She is a recipient of both the Associated Press Award for Arts Reporting and the United Press International Award for Best Documentary. Excerpts from her book have appeared in literary magazines, including the North American Review (NAR) and Lost Magazine. She was a finalist for the NAR's 2015 TORCH Memorial Prize. She lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

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Hazard is also a story of indelible bonds between siblings: the one between Combs and her sister, and the deep and rueful one she has with her disabled brother; how he and she were buddies; and how fervently she wanted to make him whole. Initially fueled by a wish that her brother had never been born, the author eventually arrives in a deeper place of gratitude for this same brother, whom she...
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Hazard is a poignant, unflinching memoir of the emotional intricacies of growing up with a severely disabled sibling. Margaret Combs shows how her Southern Baptist family coped with lived reality of autism in an era of ignorance and shame, the 1950s through the 1970s, and shares her own tragedy and anguish of being torn between helping her brother and yearning for her own life. Like many siblings of disabled children, young Margaret drives herself to excel in order to make up for her family's sorrow and ultimately flees her family for what she hopes is a “normal" life.
Hazard is also a story of indelible bonds between siblings: the one between Combs and her sister, and the deep and rueful one she has with her disabled brother; how he and she were buddies; and how fervently she wanted to make him whole. Initially fueled by a wish that her brother had never been born, the author eventually arrives in a deeper place of gratitude for this same brother, whom she loves and who loves her in return.
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      • content: "An insightful look at the challenges faced by families with special-needs children."
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      • source: Brenda Peterson, author of I Want to Be Left Behind: Finding Rapture Here on Earth
      • content: “In her hauntingly authentic memoir, Margaret Combs tells the story of a childhood turned sideways by the discovery of her young brother's autism. Hazard is a poignant family portrait that is still shot through with light and a profound narrative poise. . . . This family memoir will hold you spellbound."
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      • source: Holly Robinson, author of Beach Plum Island, Folly Cove, and The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter: A Memoir
      • content: “In this achingly honest, courageous memoir, Margaret Combs will break your heart and then mend it again as she unfolds her story of growing up with an autistic brother. There are some harsh realities here, but like Mary Karr in The Liars' Club and Jeannette Walls in The Glass Castle, Combs infuses hope and humor into even the most harrowing scenes. I couldn't put it down."
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      • source: Tara Sheehan, Artistic Bend
      • content: "Combs has a way of pulling you in and taking you on the journey with her so you see with her eyes, feel what she did. It's a highly emotional and expressive look at family dynamics and the ability to survive overwhelming challenges. . . . As a parent I found it very interesting to read an adult's point of view about what it was like to be the sibling of a special needs child because it gave me some insight in how to be there for my son more since his sisters [who have autism] get more of our attention and time than he does simply due to the circumstances. He is not loved less than them but as a parent you don't necessarily realize how things appear from their point of view. I feel like this book will make me a better mother to him and maybe be able to help him in his role in their lives. I was very grateful for the opportunity to read this and gain some profound insight."
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      • source: Lisa Kiser, Lock Haven University
      • content: "[I would] recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding what it was like to grow up in this time period with a handicapped sibling."
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        January 15, 2017
        A sister struggles with her brother's autism while growing up and seeking personal fulfillment.Award-winning journalist Combs details her tomboyish childhood in the late 1950s, first in Kansas, when her brother was born, and then in Denver, when things began to shift and sour. The author was 5, her brother just an infant, when their mother began fretting over the way Roddy "rocked in his crib, banging his head against the bars, not seeming to mind the pain, not crying as she hurried to him." A misdiagnosis of cerebral palsy was corrected to Asperger's years later. Meanwhile, Combs witnessed the discord of her parents' relationship after a rushed move to Hazard, Kentucky. As she grew up, her sheer exasperation at her brother's quizzical behavior quickly turned to fierce protectiveness when the schoolyard bullies tormented him. Eventually, the author's vibrant life began buckling beneath the weight of Roddy's rages and the family's growing impatience with an impairment they could not fully understood, manage, or treat at the time. "My brother's response to any request was like a tangled almanac," she writes, "a set of warnings that might or might not advance to a full-blown tornado." All of this took a toll on Combs, who realized that she had spent a good portion of her youth sheltering her brother yet not fully cultivating her own dreams and desires since she "always tried to be the son that Roddy couldn't be." Through the years, the author would "escape the undertow of my brother's tantrums" to pursue collegiate gymnastics and, later, marriage and children. Once reunited a decade later, the intricate, complex familial bond with Roddy showed signs of deterioration but remained unbroken, despite distance and maturity. Though swift-moving, the narrative is richly textured, layered with colorfully outlined imagery and descriptive prose, perfectly suiting this bittersweet chronicle of love, pain, and fierce devotion. A touching, highly poignant portrait of how family dynamics can survive despite disability and seemingly insurmountable challenges.

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