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Far From the Tree

Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

by Andrew Solomon

Far From the Tree
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  • First Published:
    Nov 2012, 976 pages
    Paperback:
    Oct 2013, 976 pages

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What if your child is a stranger to you? This extensively researched book examines the complicated dynamics of families whose children have distinct "horizontal" identities and makes the case for empathetic treatment of all people.

"There is no such thing as reproduction. When two people decide to have a baby, they engage in an act of production." So begins Andrew Solomon's Far From The Tree, a large (literally, it's 700 pages without the endnotes) and largely captivating book that deals with the flip side of the age-old adage to which its title refers, asking: What if the apple does fall far from the tree? After all, for all the planning and dreaming and designing we do as prospective parents, there's really not a whole lot we can control about the people we give birth to. No amount of speculation or projection prepares us for the undeniable fact that, no matter who we are, "parenthood abruptly catapults us into a permanent relationship with a stranger."

So what happens if we don't get the child we expected, or the one we think we deserve? What if we have a different, an "exceptional" child - one who seems to ...

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