Hazard: A Sister’s Flight from Family and a Broken Boy

Reviews for Hazard:

[Hazard’s] 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.
– Kirkus Reviews

In her hauntingly authentic memoir, Hazard, 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. Tender, lyrical prose, and beautifully written, all the characters are fully realized. This family memoir will hold you spellbound—like a really good novel that happens to be true.
– Brenda Peterson, author of I Want to Be Left Behind: Finding Rapture Here on Earth

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.
– Holly Robinson, author of Beach Plum Island, Folly Cove, and The Gerbil Farmer’s Daughter: A Memoir

Margaret Combs never gave up on Roddy, her brother born with autism, and Roddy never gave up on her. Unflinching and bold, Hazard is the story of a loving family finally making it despite the odds stacked against them.
– Daniel Friedman, author of The King of Chicago: Memories of My Father


A Conversation with Margaret Combs – Literary Mama, October 2017

Author Margaret Combs Talks about the Impact of Autism on Families and Why We Need Memoirs More than Ever, with Holly Robinson – HuffPost, Mar 21, 2017