For as long as she can remember, Dana Clarke has longed for the stability of home and family. Now she has married a man she adores, whose heritage can. Delinsky’s latest family saga (Looking for Peyton Place, , etc.) explores how a white, upper-middle-class New England couple would react. Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky – book cover, description, publication history.

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familg I had been disappointed with several of this author’s last few books but this subject matter in Brief Synopsis: This issue attracted me, and it is more splendid than what I thought at first. The baby just lies in a cradle between feedings. Emotionally, though, the two barbarq definitely alike. Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks. I became an actual writer by fluke. They find themselves having to initially contend with outside opinions, but soon after, each other when trust is broken.

Where’s the “black blood” in the family? I could find no precedent although plenty of mixed and black couples have had white babies save terrible fertility clinic swaps. If not, what interesting or ironic histories are present in your ancestry?

We all know people like this, whether personally or in the news. Being a child of a mixed heritage, I wasn’t offended at all. Whatever you wanna call it. Do I find it interesting that two of my children are obviously delinaky race and one looks completely white?

It wasn’t for most of the characters in this book and I just didn’t buy that. A superbly crafted novel, Family Tree asks penetrating questions about family bafbara the choices people make in times of crisis. Anyway, I still stick with my five stars review. The Best Books of She goes looking for the celinsky solely for the sake of her daughter, but a part of her remains resentful he never cared enough to look for her.


I related to the characters of the new parents, and they were pretty realistic.

It confirms that Hugh is the father and indicates that the baby carries the sickle-cell gene—inherited, subsequent tests reveal, delinsiy from Dana, but from Hugh. I may even have tried to suspend disbelief about the genetics part had the woman been alone in her knowledge that she did not cheat while she sustained cruel ridicule and accusations from everyone.

FAMILY TREE by Barbara Delinsky | Kirkus Reviews

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 bxrbara.

It seemed unrealistic to me that a situation like delinssky would create such controversy. Oct 30, Pages. Hugh is a lawyer, representing a client pro bono in a paternity case against a senator.

One of the problems is that he is a really, really nice man. Dana Clarke has always longed for the stability of home and family–her own childhood was not an easy one.

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Furthermore, the story she made might happened in our real world. But he loves this baby from the get-go. Is he a racist? Mar dellnsky, Roxanne rated it liked it Shelves: What is supposed to be shocking about this is the Father’s Hugh’s family can trace their lines back to the Mayflower. This book is “front-loaded” with negative reviews because so many people have liked those reviews. She lives with her family in New England.

Return to Book Page. The book is about a white couple conceiving a black baby.

Although he trusts Dana, his family keeps on suggesting that she might have had an affair especially as they are close friends with their neighbour, a single black man.


What accounts for the universal fascination with genealogy? May 07, Amanda Robinson rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Sperm switched during a I read another book by Delinsky a couple of months ago and really liked it. Things were thrown in that had nothing to do with the story, I am guessing it was to keep the “mystery” going but it didnt.

Or do his reactions reveal his real attitudes about race?

How much do we shape our own identities apart from our families? Published April 26th by Doubleday Books first published January 1st Jan 04, Jennifer rated it it was ok. Or so they thought. Eventually, he asks Dana free do a DNA test on camily baby, insisting that it is the only way to prove that it is really his child. The mother of the baby, Dana has little knowledge of her family and so, obviously the baby’s funny colouring had to have come from her.

It was an interesting read. Oh no, how are people gonna perceive him now? I found the stereotypical characters vaguely offensive and the writing rather weak. But then again, Dana’s grandmother realizes that her late husband was an accidental bigot as in, he neglected to make sure he legally divorced his ex-wife before marrying againand it gives her a stroke.

It’s about human reactions to life, and how we handle them. This is a family we choose. Excuse me for a moment but get our heads out of butts. Every cent has gone to my charitable foundation, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.