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Nov 2012

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A careful, subtle, and surprising… exploration of difference as it shapes family life.

Nov 2012

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Parents may feel isolated as they deal with a child’s difference, but in their struggles, says Mr. Solomon, they are connected.

Nov 2012

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The remarkable families in the book serve as extreme cases of a universal struggle to bond across and along the lines of difference.

Nov 2012

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He speaks to a luminous conundrum: how is it that many families “have ended up grateful for experiences they would have done anything to avoid”?

Nov 2012

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Perhaps the greatest gift of this monumental book, full of facts and full of feelings, is that it constantly makes one think, and think again.

Nov 2012

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Solomon views the journey of his subject families—from denial to understanding, from confusion to acceptance—as one that every single parent takes, whatever the health or abilities of their children.

Nov 2012

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I have seldom read a book that made me feel moral quandaries as intensely as this one…I seldom cry at books, but I was moved to tears by Far From the Tree more times than I can count. What undid me, again and again, was the radical humanity of these parents, and their gratitude to and for children they never would have chosen.

Nov 2012

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Their stories are entirely unpredictable and offer us the full range of human experience—not only the horror but also the astonishing beauty—and in the end a Shakespearean sense that we are such stuff as dreams are made of.

Sep 2012

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A profoundly moving new work of research and narrative explores the ways that parents of marginalized children have been transformed and largely enriched by caring for their high-needs children.

Sep 2012

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An informative and moving book that raises profound issues regarding the nature of love, the value of human life and the future of humanity.