In this memorable novel, New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman presents the story of an American family shattered by tragedy. Ivan and Polly Farrell have two bright and talented children. Eight-year-old Charlie has his father's scientific mind. Amanda, eleven, possesses the unusual strength and determination that has made her a promising gymnast. But her strength runs out as she becomes ill - and when she is diagnosed with AIDS, her family must draw on their own strengths as they come face-to-face with their deepest fears. 259 pages.