An insightful look at the intersection of sexuality, race and family values in post-modern America. There really are all sorts of families. Thirteen year old Zach knows this because his own family breaks all the rules. A biracial teenager enduring the tribulations of adolescence, Zach lives in Seattle with his mum, her lesbian partner, and their gay neighbour, Josiah. On top of that, his new best friend is a young runaway who hustles men on the street for a living and Zach's after-school job is turning into a nightmare of shame and molestation. This insightful and craftily written novel will take readers on a wild carnival ride that redefines the term "family life".
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"Vivid and unforgettable...sometimes horrifying, but ultimately exhilarating...Ms. Shepherd has shown us a path toward community that all of us must take if we are to find our way out of the sordid and into the sacred." - Pierre Delattre, author of Tales of a Dalai Lama "This writer takes no prisoners. With so much at stake she detours around pity and its lukewarm pals and cuts straight to the heart...ZACH AT RISK is a necessary book." - Summer Wood, Author of Arroyo"