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September 18, 1996

A Crack in Forever

Author Affiliations

Benton, Ill

JAMA. 1996;276(11):924-925. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540110078041

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Does this plot sound a bit familiar? Two exceptional young people fall passionately in love only to discover that one of them has contracted an incurable illness. In the new novel A Crack in Forever, the disease is AIDS, "an illness that will creep or crush, but either way, it heads in singular directions."

Eric Moro is a handsome, brilliant, and vivacious medical student (is there any other kind?) who also works part-time as a nude model, saves the life of a swimmer by performing CPR, and is a whiz at dissection in the gross anatomy lab. He becomes involved in a torrid love affair with Alexandra Taylor, an attractive (of course) and gifted artist who later decides to become a skywriter and eventually enters law school. Unfortunately, Eric has unknowingly contracted AIDS from sharing an infected needle while trying heroin when he was 17 and dies at