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N. Toomey

Montclair, NJ | Member Since 2011

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

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Andrew Solomon
    • Narrated By Andrew Solomon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (371)

    A brilliant and utterly original thinker, Andrew Solomon's journey began from his experience of being the gay child of straight parents. He wondered how other families accommodate children who have a variety of differences: families of people who are deaf, who are dwarfs, who have Down syndrome, who have autism, who have schizophrenia, who have multiple severe disabilities, who are prodigies, who commit crimes, who are transgender.

    C. Beaton says: "A Gripping Masterpiece"
    "A peek into deeply challenged lives"
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Far from the Tree in three words, what would they be?

    Eye-opening, poignant, triumphant


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Far from the Tree?

    The forgiveness of a healthcare worker by parents whose MDS child who died because of a random careless act.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I believe a different narrator, not the author but a professional actor would elevate the experience of listening.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The question of correcting 'flaws' of nature in lieu of accepting a creature as created by God and by genetics, etc. creates a paradox with mixed feelings and a sense of knowing that either choice can be right or wrong but inevitably is irrevocable.


    Any additional comments?

    For parents and future parents because you never know if you will be a subject of such a book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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