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Publisher's Summary

Dana Clarke has always longed for the stability of home and family; her own childhood was not an easy one. Now she has married a man she adores who is from a prominent New England family, and she is about to give birth to their first child. But what should be the happiest day of her life becomes the day her world falls apart. Her daughter is born beautiful and healthy, but no one can help noticing the African American traits in her appearance. Dana's husband, to her great shock and dismay, begins to worry that people will think Dana has had an affair.

The only way to repair the damage done is for Dana to track down the father she never knew and to explore the possibility of African American lineage in his family history. Dana's determination to discover the truth becomes a poignant journey back through her past and her husband's heritage that unearths secrets rooted in prejudice and fear.

Barbara Delinsky's Family Tree is an utterly unforgettable novel that asks penetrating questions about race, family, and the choices people make in times of crisis - choices that have profound consequences that can last for generations.

©2007 Barbara Delinsky; (P)2007 Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

"Delinsky gets the political and personal dynamics right." (Publishers Weekly)
"Delinsky delves deeper into the human heart and spirit with each new novel." (Cincinnati Enquirer)

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OK but not great

I have really enjoyed some of Barbara Delinsky's books -- Coast Road and Three Wishes are two of my favorites. This book was OK but not as good as some of her others. She takes on a hard topic, racism, but I don't think she gets past the surface with it.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • D.
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • 12-13-11

Disappointing

What could Barbara Delinsky have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The story just isn't believable. I'm black from a family that has mixed races generations back but African American within the on both sides for the last four. All four of my children were born with straight hair and skin that appeared Caucasian; black babies darken up over a period of weeks and their hair curls likewise. It's extremely rare for mixed race children to come out with color and curly hair, so from the beginning this story was just ridiculous. I was just so disappointed. Not only in the author, but kept wondering, is this how the average white person really thinks about race? Oh my God.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Karen White?

The narrator was fine -- it was the story.

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your time on this one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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very disappointing

very predictible plot and stereotypical characters. no sane, faithful woman would ever forgive her supposedly loving husband for demanding a paternity test right after her child was born. and no new mom I've ever known could get into old jeans TWO days after childbirth. A silly book. don't waste your money.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Suzanne
  • Rochester, NH, USA
  • 11-18-09

Great story evolves

This book started off a little on the slow side for me. As the story began to unfold, I had a difficult time putting down my MP3 player. I wanted to hear more and to see what happens to the characters involved. In the end, I really enjoyed listening to the story and wanted to hear more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not great literature but will generate discussion

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was awful. Accents were way off. Characters who were from New England were given country bumpkin accents. Child voices were overplayed. Usually a poor narrator can be ignored after getting into the story. Not this one. It was all I could do to keep listening.

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The book is one that will generate discussion about race and identity at book groups and for that it serves its purpose.

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  • tj
  • 04-11-16

Great Reading

I really enjoyed the story line. I liked the twist which I kind of figured who it would be.

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I AM NOT

Interesting things happen when what you profess knocks at your door and takes up residence. What will you do when your " I AM NOTS" pay an unexpected visit.

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Good twist

I really enjoyed this book. The ending was very good. I wish it would have continued a little further, but all in all it was a good read.

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  • Joyce
  • New Albany, IN, USA
  • 05-18-10

Wonderful

Barbra Delinsky is a very passionate writer.

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  • Tina
  • Columbus, IN, United States
  • 04-11-09

Predictable

I didn't finish this one. Too "romance novelish" for me. Interesting plot, however.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful