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Far from the Tree Parents, Children and the Search for Identity (Hardcover)

Author:  Andrew Solomon
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0743236718
ISBN-13: 9780743236713
Sku: 229371616
Publish Date: 11/13/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.25L x 2T
Pages:  962
Age Range:  NA
 
From the Publisher:
From the National Book Award-winning author of the ?brave?deeply humane?open-minded, critically informed, and poetic? (The New York Times) The Noonday Demon, comes a book about the consequences of extreme personal and cultural difference between parents and children.

As a gay child of straight parents, Andrew Solomon was born with a condition that was considered an illness, but it became a cornerstone of his identity. While reporting on the explosion of Deaf pride in the 1990s, he began to consider illness and identity as a continuum with shifting boundaries. Spurred by the disability-rights movement and empowered by the Internet, communities with such ?horizontal identities? are challenging expectations and norms.

     Their stories begin in families coping with extreme difference: dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, multiple severe disabilities, or prodigious genius; children conceived in rape, or who identify as transgender; children who develop schizophrenia or commit serious crimes. The adage asserts that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, but in Solomon's explorations, some apples fall on the other side of the world.

     For ten years, interviewing more than 250 families, Solomon has observed not just how some families learn to deal with exceptional children, but also how they find profound meaning in doing so. An utterly original thinker, Solomon mines the eloquence of ordinary people who have somehow summoned hope and courage in the face of heartbreaking prejudice and almost unimaginable difficulty.

     Far from the Tree is a masterpiece that will rattle our prejudices, question our policies, and inspire our understanding of the relationship between illness and identity. Above all, it will renew and deepen our gratitude for the herculean reach of parental love.

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FAR FROM THE TREE was selected by the New York Times Bok reviews as one of the 10 Best Books of 2012.

Praise

"A profoundly moving new work of research and narrative...explores the ways that parents of marginalized children...have been transformed and largely enriched by caring for their high-needs children." (starred review) 09/17/2012

"Mr. Solomon's first chapter, entitled "Son," is as masterly a piece of writing as I've come across all year. It combines his own story with a taut and elegant précis of this book's arguments. It is required reading....This is a book that shoots arrow after arrow into your heart. Yet there's nothing maudlin. Mr. Solomon's prose is dry and epigrammatic." - Dwight Garner 11/14/2012

"An informative and moving book that raises profound issues regarding the nature of love, the value of human life and the future of humanity." (starred review) 09/15/2012

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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0962
Product attributePublisher:   Scribner Book Company
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