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Dr. Stephanie Smith Reviews “Far from the Tree”

I think there might be something “funny” in the pages of Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon, because I couldn’t every time I tried to stop reading it, I kept getting pulled back in. Let me explain…

I first learned of Mr. Solomon’s book while listening to an interview on NPR. He explained that he had spent several years interviewing families about their children who had a fallen “far from the tree,” meaning they were very different from their parents. This may have been because of a mental illness (schizophrenia), a physical disability (deafness), or the circumstances surrounding their conception (in rape). I thought the topic sounded interesting as I frequently work with parents whose children are markedly different. “Hmmm,” I thought, “I’m sure I can learn a thing or two.” Boy, was that an understatement.

(To read the full review, please visit Dr. Stephanie Smith’s website.)