How to Live on the Edge

By Sarah Lynn Scheerger

Drawing on her own experiences as an inheritor of the BRCA gene, author Sarah Scheerger weaves a sensitive meditation on life and death into an uplifting story of an unconventional family.

Eighteen-year-old Cayenne barely remembers her mother, who died of breast cancer when Cayenne was four. The women in her family have a history of dying young. Cayenne figures she'll meet the same fate, so she might as well enjoy life now, engaging in death-defying risks like dodging trains and jumping off cliffs with her boyfriend. But then Aunt Tee, who raised her, tests positive for a BRCA gene mutation—the same one that doomed Cayenne's mom. Tee decides to get a mastectomy to reduce her chances of developing cancer. As Cayenne helps her aunt prepare for surgery, she begins to question what it means to live life to the fullest, even when death might be written into your DNA.

  • BRCA gene mutations dramatically increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, and children of people with a mutation have a 50% chance of inheriting it.
  • Author Sarah Scheerger is herself a "previvor" who had an elective mastectomy after learning through genetic testing that she has a BRCA gene mutation.
  • The novel explores how a young adult might tackle the complex decisions around whether to get genetically tested and what to do if she discovers she has a BRCA mutation

About the author

In addition to writing, Sarah Lynn Scheerger works as a clinical social worker with at-risk youth. She loves reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends. She lives in southern California with her husband and children.

ISBN: 9781541578890
Imprint: Carolrhoda Lab – Lerner Publishing Group
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: August 1, 2020
Dimensions: 0 x 0mm, 312pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $34.99
New Zealand RRP: $37.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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