Andrew Solomon on Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity

Monday, July 01, 2013

National Book Award–winning author Andrew Solomon tells the stories of families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. In Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, he looks at how these parents not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so.


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Comments [3]

CG in Brooklyn from Brooklyn

I think Andrew Solomon's comments about Leslie Van Houten's father is a great look at how easy it is to blame parents. Unless I misheard him, he said "It is that feeling of not being seen that often drives extreme behavior" about Paul Van Houten. I agree completely but isn't that, in a way, blaming him for her acts? It's such an easy thing to slip into...


Jul. 01 2013 12:40 PM
David from Fredericksburg, VA

Parents of criminals aren't responsible?

While there is such a thing as someone that is just inherently bad, the vast majority of criminals have had horrific childhoods & that certainly is the parents' fault.

Jul. 01 2013 12:12 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

All the reason why in the not-too-distant future, children will be manufactured in factories ala "Brave New World." The "Age of Families" is grinding to an end. "Marriage" and "family" are anachronistic, shipwrecked institutions creating more problems than solutions today.

Jul. 01 2013 12:10 PM

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