Far from the Tree

Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

By Andrew Solomon

Family, Difference, Psychology


Published by Vintage

Winner 2014
Far rrom the tree

Sometimes your child - the most familiar person of all - is radically different from you. The saying goes that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. But what happens when it does?

Drawing on interviews with over three hundred families, covering subjects including deafness, dwarfism, Down’s syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, disability, prodigies, children born of rape, children convicted of crime and transgender people, Andrew Solomon documents ordinary people making courageous choices.

Difference is potentially isolating, but Far from the Tree celebrates repeated triumphs of human love and compassion to show that the shared experience of difference is what unites us.

A seminal new book on how parents relate to their children: it will change the way you think about families and identity.

Read our shortlist post about Far From the Tree, written by Independent journalist Archie Bland.

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