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

Category: Book
By (author): Solomon, Andrew
Subject:  FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Children with Special Needs
  PSYCHOLOGY / General
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / People with Disabilities
Publisher: Scribner
Published: October 2013
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 976
Size: 9.25in x 6.12in x 1.60in
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From The Publisher*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.
Review Quote*"It's a book everyone should read and there's no one who wouldn't be a more imaginative and understanding parent-or human being-for having done so."
Review Quote*"Solomon is a storyteller of great intimacy and ease…He approaches each family's story thoughtfully, respectfully…Bringing together their voices, Solomon creates something of enduring warmth and beauty: a quilt, a choir."
Review Quote*"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."
Review Quote*"A brave, beautiful book that will expand your humanity."
Review Quote*"[Far from the Tree] is a masterpiece of non-fiction, the culmination of a decade's worth of research and writing, and it should be required reading for psychologists, teachers, and above all, parents…A bold and unambiguous call to redefine how we view difference…A stunning work of scholarship and compassion."
Review Quote*"Deeply moving…"
Review Quote*"A book of extraordinary ambition…Part journalist, part psychology researcher, part sympathetic listener, Solomon's true talent is a geographic one: he maps the strange terrain of the human struggle that is parenting."
Review Quote*"Monumental…Solomon has an extraordinary gift for finding his way into the relatively hermetic communities that form around conditions…and gaining the confidence of the natives."
Review Quote*"Masterfully written and brilliantly researched…Far from the Tree stands apart from the countless memoirs and manuals about special needs parenting published in the last couple of decades."