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Astonishingly humane.
This is one of the most extraordinary books I have read in recent times."
- Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies
A careful, subtle, and surprising book."
Brought to life by its intimate domestic voices, many of them people who ended up falling in love with children they never knew they wanted."
Solomon creates something of enduring warmth
and beauty: a quilt, a choir."
A masterpiece of research,
giving an impressive insight into human relationships and our tolerance of those who are different."
A behemoth worth
every one of its 976 pages."
A monumental and generous-hearted book,
balanced between the universal and the particular, and gorgeously observed."
A deeply thoughtful, balanced,
and highly informed book about what it means to be different from one’s parents’ expectations."
A brave, beautiful book
that will expand your humanity."
One of those rare books which is truly transformative.
When you turn the last page, you know you are not the same person who started reading it."
A bold and unambiguous call
to redefine how we view difference… A stunning work of scholarship and compassion."
A book everyone should read,
and there's no one who wouldn't be a more imaginative and understanding parent-or human being-for having done so."
Knotty, gargantuan and lionhearted.
This is a book that shoots arrow after arrow into your heart."
Leaves [readers] in awe
of the art of the achievable. The book starts out as a study of parents raising ‘difficult’ children, and ends up as an affirmation of what it is to be human.”
The sheer weight and intimacy of the anecdotes in Far from the Tree put it in a league with great oral histories."
Far-reaching, original, fascinating.
Perhaps the greatest gift of this monumental book ... is that it constantly makes one think."
- Phillip Gourevitch, author of We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
[An] elegant anatomy of otherness....
[Solomon] records with tender precision the extremities of anguish and devotion that he discovered."
A tremendous and humane book
that is bound to alter the way one thinks of difference, disability, love and commitment."
A raucous, joyful tribute
that exalts all parents who love their alien offspring with molten force."
Informative and moving.
[The book] raises profund issues regarding the nature of love, the value of human life, and the future of humanity."
- Kirkus, starred review
What distinguishes this book ...
is its patient attention to both the academic literature and the daily experiences of appealing case studies."
Masterfully written and brilliantly researched.
Plain-spoken, exquisite and scholarly at the same time, [the book] stands apart."
Andrew Solomon's empathy, heart, and vast intelligence
are in abundance in Far from the Tree."
— Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair
A monumental book,
the kind that appears once in a decade. It could not be a better example of the literature of diversity."
A piece of concentrated intelligence."
A timeless commentary
on the complexity, and the very definition, of disability and on the mystical bond between parents and their children."
An inspiring read
that is sure to become a classic."
[Solomon] journeys
across national, ethnic, and religious lines--and along the way he learns about what makes us human."
- Newsweek
A mind-opening experience.
An intellectual history that lays the foundation for a ... Psychological Bill of Rights."
- Eric Kandel, author of The Age of Insight and winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Challenges the way we think
about disability and difference....This is a remarkable work."
— Rosamund Irwin, London Evening Standard
Brave and ambitious.
Solomon tells us that we have more in common with each other than we would ever have imagined."
- Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point
Exceptional writing
about... the complexity of families in which a child is radically different from their parents."
This remarkable new book ...
reminds us that nothing is more powerful in a child's development than the love of a parent."
- Bill Clinton, former President of the United States
A landmark, revolutionary book...
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
A mixture of thorough reporting, humanity and erudition."
Massive... Weighty.
Each story conveys the distinctiveness of personal experience, while together they constitute a cry for a more just and inclusive society."
Deeply profound.
A brilliant tome."


Andrew Solomon is a writer and lecturer on psychology, politics, and the arts; winner of the National Book Award; and an activist in LGBT rights, mental health, and the arts.

photograph by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.


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