The Risk of Us, a novel, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April 2019.

Early praise for The Risk of Us:

“I’ve never read anything so beautiful about the intricacies of adoption—the process itself, and the seldom-talked-about aftermath. The prose is elegant and compressed; I often had to stop reading to catch my breath. Anyone who has ever loved a child, in any capacity, should read this book.”

— Jamie Quatro, author of I Want to Show You More and Fire Sermon 

Rachel Howard has given us a portrait of family-building and attachment that is at once beautiful and painful, serious and funny, page-turning and insightful. I was deeply moved by this novel, a powerful reminder of the risks we take on whenever we love anyone.

–Belle Boggs, author of The Art of Waiting 

Rachel Howard’s The Risk of Us (so accurately titled) is a novel of deep pain yet also laughs – lots of them. Nothing is easy in this book, and that’s as it should be. With risk comes a kind of awesome grace. A wonderfully written and candid examination of what it means to be a family.

–Peter Orner, author of Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge and Love and Shame and Love

 

This book reads like a thriller. A beautiful story about connection and love despite and beyond trauma.

–Julia Scheeres, author of Jesus Land and A Thousand Lives

 

The Risk of Us is a spare, poetic, and fearless narrative that explores the question of what makes—and keeps—a family together. Be prepared for an absorbing, unflinching chronicle of the formidable difficulties and vast rewards of love.

–Krys Lee, author of How I Became a North Korean and Drifting House

 

Rachel Howard works with an elegant complexity, rendering family life with its necessary cocktail of pain and humor and pathos. She’s the kind of writer I admire most: an unflinching, savage, and ultimately tender eye trying to make sense of all our confusions.

–Joshua Mohr, author of Sirens, Termite Parade, and All This Life