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Far from the Tree:Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

Andrew Solomon

Most children resemble their parents in many ways, that "chip off the old block" often a source of pride. Then there are some whose dominant characteristics bear no resemblance at all to their biological kin. This would include children with disabilities, IQs at either end of the spectrum, musical prodigies, and end-spectrum autism. Solomon talks to parents who never imagined parenthood with a child like theirs, yet have embraced the differences, readjusted their notion of family, and can find value their child's uniqueness.