400 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 1.23 in
March 26, 2013
Random House of Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0679314598
ISBN - 13: 9780679314592
From the Publisher
Carolyn Abraham explores the stunning power and ethical pitfalls of using genetic tests to answer questions of genealogy--by cracking the genome of her own family.
Recently, tens of thousands of people have been drawn to mail-order DNA tests to learn about their family roots. Abraham investigates whether this burgeoning new science can help solve 2 mysteries that have haunted her multi-racial family for more than a century. Both hinge on her enigmatic great-grandfathers--a hero who died young and a scoundrel who disappeared. Can the DNA they left behind reveal their stories from beyond the grave?
Armed with DNA kits, Abraham criss-crosses the globe, taking cells from relatives and strangers, a genetic journey that turns up far more than she bargained for--ugly truths and moral quandaries. With lively writing and a compelling personal narrative, The Juggler's Children tackles profound questions around the genetics of identity, race and humanity, and tells a big story about our small world, with vivid proof that genes bind us all to the branches of one family tree.
About the Author
CAROLYN ABRAHAM is the author of Possessing Genius: The Bizarre Odyssey of Einstein’s Brain, which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-fiction. The long-time senior medical-science writer for the Globe and Mail, she is a four-time winner of the Canadian Science Writers’ Association’s annual award for her medical reporting and winner of two National Newspaper Awards. She lives with her family in Toronto.
FINALIST 2013 – Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-FictionFINALIST 2014 – BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction LONGLISTED 2014 – RBC Taylor PrizeNATIONAL BESTSELLER “The Juggler’s Children is many things, each one spellbinding: a thrillerish quest for origins, a continent-spanning travelogue and an eye-opening foray into the annals and ethics of genetic science.... Abraham’s family is unusual, but so is her virtuosity as a writer; she’s probing, intelligent, dryly funny but enough of a writer’s writer that she can make the awkward process of DNA swabbing seem magisterial.... Abraham’s book is riveting not just because of its superb writing and suspenseful storyline, but because, in the end, it’s not just about her, it’s about us.” —Emily Donaldson, The Globe and Mail “With an irreverent sense of humour and the smarts of an experienced medical-science journalist, Abraham describes how questions about her ancestry had gnawed at her since childhood…. What her genes wind up revealing—about not only her own background but everyone else’s—is richer than any tall family tale.” —The Georgia Straight “Abraham is the ideal guide to the brave and crowded new world of internet genealogy.... Abraham writes with ease and humour, undaunted by complexity, and the narrative unfolds like a detective story.” —Literary Review of Canada “Abraham’s story of personal connection—the stories, the letters and the memories—end up being more compelling than the scientific revelations....