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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Andrew Solomon

Narrated By: Andrew Solomon

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: November 2012

Duration: 40 hours 42 minutes

Summary:

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 game-changer of a book about the impact of extreme personal and cultural difference between parents and children.

A brilliant and utterly original thinker, Andrew Solomon’s journey began from his experience of being the gay child of straight parents. He wondered how other families accommodate children who have a variety of differences: families of people who are deaf, who are dwarfs, who have Down syndrome, who have autism, who have schizophrenia, who have multiple severe disabilities, who are prodigies, who commit crimes, who are transgender. Bookended with Solomon’s experiences as a son, and then later as a father, this book explores the old adage that says the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree; instead some apples fall a couple of orchards away, some on the other side of the world.
     In twelve sharply observed and moving chapters, Solomon describes individuals who have been heartbreaking victims of intense prejudice, but also stories of parents who have embraced their childrens’ differences and tried to change the world’s understanding of their conditions. Solomon’s humanity, eloquence, and compassion give a voice to those people who are never heard. A riveting, powerful take on a major social issue, Far from the Tree offers far-reaching conclusions about new families, academia, and the way our culture addresses issues of illness and identity.

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  • Andrea J

    This book has changed me, in a permanent and profound way. I will never be the same, but, in fact, I will be a better person for having read/heard this book. Andrew Solomon, is a truly remarkable human being who is able to talk about the most painful and difficult topics with a lens of compassion that is unequaled. It is my feeling the Mr. Solomon will set the standard for how we speak of these subjects for decades to come. I recommend this book to absolutely every living, breathing human on earth today. Further, he narrates his own book and it is his own voice telling these amazing stories. Thank you, Andrew Solomon for your gift to humanity now and into the future.

  • Jenifer Gaukler

    Phenomenal book. Andrew Solomon is a thoughtful and compassionate author. His narration is fantastic.