Far from the Tree is a landmark
, revolutionary book. It frames an area of inquiry ‐difference between parents and children–that many of us have experienced in our own lives without ever considering it as a phenomenon. Andrew Solomon plumbs his topic thoroughly, humanely, and in a compulsively readable style that makes the book as entertaining as it is illuminating–
Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize– winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad
Andrew Solomon has written a brave and ambitious work, bringing together science, culture and a powerful empathy. Solomon tells us that we have more in common with each other– even with those who seem anything but normal– than we would ever have imagined.
Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers and The Tipping Point
Solomon, a highly original student of human behavior, has written an intellectual history that lays the foundation for a 21st century Psychological Bill of Rights. In addition to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness on the basis of race and religion, this Bill extends inalienable rights of psychological acceptance to people on the basis of their identity. He provides us with an unrivaled educational experience about identity groups in our society, an experience that is filled with insight, empathy and intelligence. We also discover the redefining, self-restructuring nature that caring for a child produces in parents, no matter how unusual or disabled the child is. Reading Far from the Tree is a mind-opening experience.
Eric Kandel, author of The Age of Insight and winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
In Far from the Tree, Andrew Solomon reminds us that nothing is more powerful in a child's development than the love of a parent. This remarkable new book introduces us to mothers and fathers across America –many in circumstances the rest of us can hardly imagine–who are making their children feel special, no matter what challenges come their way.
President Bill Clinton
This is one of the most extraordinary books I have read in recent times –brave, compassionate and astonishingly humane. Solomon approaches one of the oldest questions –how much are we defined by nature versus nurture?– and crafts from it a gripping narrative. Through his stories, told with such masterful delicacy and lucidity, we learn how different we all are, and how achingly similar. I could not put this book down
Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize –winning author of The Emperor of all Maladies
Far-reaching, original, fascinating –Andrew Solomon's investigation of many of the most intense challenges that parenthood can bring compels us all to reexamine how we understand human difference. Perhaps the greatest gift of this monumental book, full of facts and full of feelings, is that it constantly makes one think, and think again
Philip Gourevitch, author of We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families