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Solomon's startling proposition in Far from the Tree is
that being exceptional is at the core of the human condition-that
difference is what unites us. He writes about families coping with
deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, or
multiple severe disabilities; with children who are prodigies, who
are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender.
While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the
experience of difference within families is universal, and Solomon
documents triumphs of love over prejudice in every chapter.
All parenting turns on a crucial question: to what extent should
parents accept their children for who they are, and to what extent
they should help them become their best selves. Drawing on ten
years of research and interviews with more than three hundred
families, Solomon mines the eloquence of ordinary people facing
Elegantly reported by a spectacularly original and compassionate
thinker, Far from the Tree explores how people who love
each other must struggle to accept each other-a theme in every