The possibilities of parenthood
I'm not a parent, and I can't claim any of the horizontal identities that Solomon discusses in Far From the Tree. In that way, I don't yet really have a story to tell. But as a young man thinking about having children in the next few years, reading this book has put me in a frame of mind that I wouldn't have even begun to fathom while contemplating impending parenthood. In many ways the idea of children is as terrifying as it is exciting. But spurring me to imagine what kind of stories I'll have to tell about my children thirty years from now—let alone what kind of children I'll actually have —this book has made me hopeful that whatever and whoever they might be, I'll be able to accept them with the kind of grace, resilience, and unconditional love that the families of Far From the Tree have so profoundly displayed.