Far From The Tree

Far From The Tree : Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

4.27 (16,297 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day
When will my order arrive?




Sometimes your child - the most familiar person of all - is radically different from you. The saying goes that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. But what happens when it does?

Drawing on interviews with over three hundred families, covering subjects including deafness, dwarfs, Down's Syndrome, Autism, Schizophrenia, disability, prodigies, children born of rape, children convicted of crime and transgender people, Andrew Solomon documents ordinary people making courageous choices. Difference is potentially isolating, but Far from the Tree celebrates repeated triumphs of human love and compassion to show that the shared experience of difference is what unites us.

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction and eleven other national awards. Winner of the Green Carnation Prize.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 976 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 41mm | 755g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0099460998
  • 9780099460992
  • 27,078

Review Text

"Andrew Solomon’s Far From The Tree is a prodigious, illuminating book about the challenge of being a parent – especially when children are out of the ordinary"
show more

Review quote

Beautiful * The Times * Solomon really makes you think... Uniquely brilliant -- William Leith * Evening Standard * Parents - especially mothers - are the heroes of this book, many of them describing with extraordinary absence of self-pity how they have coped with almost unimaginable adversity -- Dominic Lawson * Sunday Times * For anyone struggling with decisions over parenting, it's an affirming reminder that there is no such thing as "normal" -- Femke Colborne * Big Issue in the North * This wise book is a careful and surprising study of difference between parent and child and how it shapes our lives -- Stephen Grosz * Sunday Telegraph * [A] magnificent study of disability and identity differences -- Susannah Meadows * New York Times * Many accounts are desperately moving, but Solomon goes far beyond cheap pity... The book is an exquisite written study of parental love - as well as "a how-to manual for receptivity" -- Kerry Hudson * Herald * Life-affirming, thought provoking and highly readable, the book was compiled over 10 years of interviews and I found it deeply moving -- Kate Kellaway * Observer * Andrew Solomon's Far From The Tree is a prodigious, illuminating book about the challenge of being a parent - especially when children are out of the ordinary -- Tim Adams * Observer * The tales Solomon returns with, of profound disability and extreme differences overcome, make it a bible of empathy and inclusion -- Cressida Connolly * Spectator *
show more

About Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon is a writer and activist working on politics, culture and psychology. He writes regularly for the New Yorker, Newsweek, and the Guardian. He is a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Cornell University and Special Adviser on LGBT Affairs to Yale University's Department of Psychiatry. The Noonday Demon won the 2001 National Book Award and was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. His highly-acclaimed study of family, Far from the Tree won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction, the Lukas Book Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, among others. He lives with his husband and son in New York and London.
show more

Rating details

16,297 ratings
4.27 out of 5 stars
5 52% (8,547)
4 30% (4,918)
3 12% (1,973)
2 3% (559)
1 2% (300)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X