Far From The Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity Paperback – 6 Mar 2014
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"The tales Solomon returns with, of profound disability and extreme differences overcome, make it a bible of empathy and inclusion" (Cressida Connolly Spectator)
"Andrew Solomon’s Far From The Tree is a prodigious, illuminating book about the challenge of being a parent – especially when children are out of the ordinary" (Tim Adams Observer)
"Life-affirming, thought provoking and highly readable, the book was compiled over 10 years of interviews and I found it deeply moving" (Kate Kellaway Observer)
"Many accounts are desperately moving, but Solomon goes far beyond cheap pity... The book is an exquisite written study of parental love – as well as "a how-to manual for receptivity"" (Kerry Hudson Herald)
"[A] magnificent study of disability and identity differences" (Susannah Meadows New York Times)
"This wise book is a careful and surprising study of difference between parent and child and how it shapes our lives" (Stephen Grosz Sunday Telegraph)
"For anyone struggling with decisions over parenting, it’s an affirming reminder that there is no such thing as “normal”" (Femke Colborne Big Issue in the North)
"Parents – especially mothers – are the heroes of this book, many of them describing with extraordinary absence of self-pity how they have coped with almost unimaginable adversity" (Dominic Lawson Sunday Times)
"Solomon really makes you think... Uniquely brilliant" (William Leith Evening Standard)
"Beautiful" (The Times)
About the Author
Andrew Solomon is a writer and activist working on politics, culture and psychology. He writes regularly for the New Yorker, Newsweek, and the Guardian. He is a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Cornell University and Special Adviser on LGBT Affairs to Yale University’s Department of Psychiatry. The Noonday Demon won the 2001 National Book Award and was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. His highly-acclaimed study of family, Far from the Tree won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction, the Lukas Book Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, among others. He lives with his husband and son in New York and London.
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There is a great deal of wisdom and compassion in this book, which is for the most part, very well written. However all too often, I found myself reading 8 or 10 pages, but feeling as if I'd only received 3 or 4 pages of substance. This is a shame, since no other book has given me such deep and compassionate insight into the lives of people with (for example) Downs and Autism.
If you are happy with a prolonged read, then you will not regret buying this book.