Andrew Solomon, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
meandering chapters--part storytelling, part literature review--on
dwarfism, deafness, down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, musical
prodigies, transgender, and more, Solomon's book is a long and AMBITIOUS
(understatement) look at children who possess some profound difference.
Solomon includes hundreds and hundreds of short, journalistic
narratives about families and how they cope and love and thrive, or not.
Solomon concludes that "difficult love is no less a thing than easy
love" but also tells the truth about tragedies. What unites all these
sometimes wildly different chapters is the experience of "horizontal
identity"--markers that are often not shared between parents and
children and thus create a family dynamic of difference. But this isn't
just a book about families, it's about how the entire culture wrestles
with difference, materially and psychologically and all points between.
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