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.
"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
- Elizabeth B. Brandt
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.
The narrator was fine -- it was the story.
Don't waste your time on this one.