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Far from the Tree : Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity - Andrew Solomon

Far from the Tree

Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity

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Published: 1st October 2013
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Solomon's startling proposition in Far from the Tree is that being exceptional is at the core of the human condition-that difference is what unites us. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, or multiple severe disabilities; with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal, and Solomon documents triumphs of love over prejudice in every chapter.

All parenting turns on a crucial question: to what extent should parents accept their children for who they are, and to what extent they should help them become their best selves. Drawing on ten years of research and interviews with more than three hundred families, Solomon mines the eloquence of ordinary people facing extreme challenges.

Elegantly reported by a spectacularly original and compassionate thinker, Far from the Tree explores how people who love each other must struggle to accept each other-a theme in every family's life.

"The most amazing book I've ever read..."--Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Prep and Sisterland

ISBN: 9780743236720
ISBN-10: 0743236726
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 962
Published: 1st October 2013
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 16.1  x 4.3
Weight (kg): 1.02