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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Books for a Better Life Award, and one of The New York Times Book
Review’s Ten Best Books of 2012, this masterpiece by the National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon
features stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children, but also find profound meaning
in doing so—“a brave, beautiful book that will expand your humanity” (People).
Solomon’s startling proposition in Far from the Tree is that being exceptional is at the core of the human
condition—that difference is what unites us. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome,
autism, schizophrenia, or multiple severe disabilities; with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who
become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of
difference within families is universal, and Solomon documents triumphs of love over prejudice in every chapter.
All parenting turns on a crucial question: to what extent should parents accept their children for who they are, and to
what extent they should help them become their best selves. Drawing on ten years of research and interviews with more
than three hundred families, Solomon mines the eloquence of ordinary people facing extreme challenges.
Elegantly reported by a spectacularly original and compassionate thinker, Far from the Tree explores how people who love
each other must struggle to accept each other—a theme in every family’s life.