Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

Title

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

Authors

Andrew Solomon

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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.

Publication Date

2012

Publisher

Scribner

City

New York

State

NY

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2013 Nonfiction Winner

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | Creative Writing | History | Nonfiction

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

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