Elana Dykewomon is an activist, an author, and a teacher and has a fiercely dedicated readership who have been eagerly awaiting her next novel for a dozen years. One of the finest thinkers—and writers—the women’s movement has produced, she has worked for the last fifteen years as an editor and teacher of composition and creative writing, both independently and for San Francisco State University.
Risk is a beautifully told story that spans the years from the mid-eighties to the post-9/11 world. Carol, whose father was killed in the Vietnam War, is an idealistic, Berkeley-educated, Jewish lesbian living in Oakland, California. She makes her living by tutoring high school students, engages in community activism, and sometimes supplements her income with gambling. Through Carol's life, Dykewomon explores the changing times and values in America.