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

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Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (2013) – Andrew
Solomon

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. 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. (976 pages)

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