Hazard: A Sister's Flight from Family and a Broken Boy by Margaret Combs

By Margaret Combs

Hazard is a poignant, unflinching memoir of the emotional intricacies of transforming into up with a significantly disabled sibling. Margaret Combs exhibits how her Southern Baptist relations coped with lived truth of autism in an period of lack of awareness and disgrace, the Nineteen Fifties during the Seventies, and stocks her personal tragedy and agony of being torn among aiding her brother and craving for her personal existence. Like many siblings of disabled childrens, younger Margaret drives herself to excel which will make up for her family’s sorrow and eventually flees her kinfolk for what she hopes is a “normal” life.

Hazard is usually a narrative of indelible bonds among siblings: the single among Combs and her sister, and the deep and rueful one she has together with her disabled brother; how he and she or he have been acquaintances; and the way fervently she desired to make him complete. first and foremost fueled by way of a want that her brother had by no means been born, the writer ultimately arrives in a deeper position of gratitude for this related brother, whom she loves and who loves her in return.

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