In the Absence of Angels : A Hollywood Family's Courageous Story
In the Absence of Angels A Hollywood Family's Courageous Story Author:Elizabeth Glaser, Laura Palmer Copyright 1991 From Library Journal — In 1981, Glaser had it all: a happy marriage to actor/director Paul Michael Glaser of TV's Starsky and Hutch and a beautiful baby daughter. But four years later, little Ariel developed AIDS, the tragic result of a blood transfusion her mother received while giving birth to her. In another bitter blow, both Gl... more »aser and her son Jake tested HIV-positive. Assisted by coauthor Palmer ( Shrapnel in the Heart , LJ 12/87), Glaser movingly re counts Ariel's illness and death. Angry at the government's apparent slowness in dealing with the epidemic and determined to save her still-healthy son, she describes her Washington lobbying efforts for more federal funds and her family's decision to go public to raise money for the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, which she founded. Like Paul Monette's Borrowed Time: An Aids Memoir (LJ 8/88), this is a valuable addition to the growing body of AIDS literature. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/90; Literary Guild featured alternate.
This is the tragic yet beautiful true-life story of the Glaser family. It broke my heart and at the same time inspired me to live life to its fullest. Here is a woman who had everything and then lost more than most of us could bear. In time she pushed forward and overcame her deep grief in order to save her son as well as help other families and children suffering with AIDS. As I read this I was struck by how much has changed since the beginning of this horrible epidemic--we're more informed and educated and hopefully we're getting closer to a cure.
A beautiful story that will break your heart and make you want to go out and change the world.