Family Tree
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"FAMILY TREE is warm, rich, textured, and impossible to put down."–Nora RobertsDana 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 and is about to give birth to their first child. But though her daughter is born beautiful and healthy, 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. Dana's determination to discover the truth becomes a poignant journey back through her past 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 having profound consequences that can last for generations.From the Compact Disc edition.
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      • bioText: Barbara Delinsky is the author of more than 17 bestselling novels with over 20 million copies in print. She has been published in 25 languages worldwide. Barbara lives with her family in New England.
        Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including the Tradd Street series, The Night the Lights Went Out, Flight Patterns, The Sound of Glass, A Long Time Gone, and The Time Between. She is the coauthor of The Forgotton Room with New York Times bestselling authors Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. She grew up in London but now lives with her husband and two children near Atlanta, Georgia.
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"FAMILY TREE is warm, rich, textured, and impossible to put down."
–Nora Roberts
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 and is about to give birth to their first child. But though her daughter is born beautiful and healthy, 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. Dana's determination to discover the truth becomes a poignant journey back through her past 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 having profound consequences that can last for generations.
From the Compact Disc edition.
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        "The old and illustrious New England Clarke family has a new member and she is not what the family envisioned. Elizabeth Clarke, a beautiful daughter born to Hugh and Dana, possesses definite African-American traits, leaving the parents puzzled and the extended Clarke family scandalized. Now, on what should be a joyous occasion, the birth of their first child, Hugh and Dana are struggling with issues of race, family, and trust. Delinsky often writes with insight about complex family matters, and here adds thought-provoking concerns about race in America to the mix in a novel that will stir debate and inspire self-examination."

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      • content: "Delinsky's family saga explores how a white, upper-middle-class New England couple would react if the wife gave birth to an African-American baby. Delinsky vigorously takes on thorny racial assumptions and admirably allows her characters to acknowledge and correct their biases. Fail-safe delivery of an issues-packed story perfect for reading groups."
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      • content: "When Dana and Hugh Clarke's baby is born into their wealthy, white New England community, the baby's unmistakably African-American features puzzle her thoroughly Anglo-looking parents. By the time the Clarkes have uncovered the tangled roots of their family trees, more than one skeleton has been unearthed, and the couple's relationship -- not to mention their family loyalty -- has been severely tested. Delinsky smoothly challenges characters and readers alike to confront their hidden hypocrisies [while getting] the political and personal dynamics just right."
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      • content: "Loyal readers who have followed Barbara Delinsky's writing for many years will not be surprised at the depth of characterization in FAMILY TREE. Delinsky's latest is well suited for fans of the serious themed books of Jodi Picoult, Anita Shreve, and Jacquelyn Mitchard. Full of complex and fascinating family dynamics as its characters are forced to come to terms with issues such as faith, race and loyalty, FAMILY TREE is thought-provoking and memorable. After 26 years of publishing and 19 New York Times bestsellers, Delinsky will be 'discovered' by a new generation of readers."
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      • source: Nora Roberts
      • content: "Family Tree is warm, rich, textured, and impossible to put down."
      • premium: False
      • source: Cincinnati Enquirer
      • content: "Delinsky delves deeper into the human heart and spirit with each new novel."
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      • source: AudioFile Magazine
      • content: Karen White assumes the persona of Dana Clark as the new mother is confronted with questions about her ancestry after the birth of her baby daughter--who has skin much darker than that of anyone else in the family. Dana's birth father is a mystery she's never tried to solve. Her husband's family tree leads back to the MAYFLOWER, and her father-in-law has written a soon-to-be-released book about the Clark family's illustrious heritage. He feels threatened by the possibility of the public learning that he has a mixed-race grandchild. White's vocal manipulation vividly portrays Dana's anger when her husband demands a DNA test to prove paternity. White's polished performance captures the rising family tensions with a skillful delivery that leads to a satisfying conclusion. G.D.W. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine
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        October 23, 2006
        When Dana and Hugh Clarke's baby is born into their wealthy, white New England seaside community, the baby's unmistakably African-American features puzzle her thoroughly Anglo-looking parents. Hugh's family pedigree extends back to the Mayflower, and his historian father has made a career of tracing the esteemed Clarke family genealogy, which does not include African-Americans. Dana's mother died when Dana was a child, and Dana never knew her father: she matter-of-factly figures that baby Lizzie's features must hark back to her little-known past. Hugh, a lawyer who has always passionately defended his minority clients, finds his liberal beliefs don't run very deep and demands a paternity test to rule out the possibility of infidelity. By the time the Clarkes have uncovered the tangled roots of their family trees, more than one skeleton has been unearthed, and the couple's relationship—not to mention their family loyalty—has been severely tested. Delinsky (Looking for Peyton Place
        ) smoothly challenges characters and readers alike to confront their hidden hypocrisies. Although the dialogue about race at times seems staged and rarely delves beyond a surface level, and although near-perfect Dana and her knitting circle are too idealized to be believable, Delinsky gets the political and personal dynamics right.

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      • content: Caucasian couple Dana and Hugh Clarke are shocked with Dana gives birth to a baby with African-American features. The situation compels Dana to search for the father she has never known and forces Hugh's prominent WASP family to come to terms with their own bigotry. Narrator Becket Royce renders every emotion in this dramatic novelâ from the joys of motherhood to the sorrows of grief. Royce's performance of the reserved upper-crust Clarkes is convincing as they evolve from cold and distant to sympathetic and complex. Although abridged, the story never stalls, and Royce capably keeps pace as each family's secrets are uncovered. K.M.D. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine
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        April 15, 2007
        In Delinsky's latest novel, a well-known, happily married white New England woman from a legendary family delivers a beautiful and healthy baby with distinct African American features. The appearance of Elizabeth, the striking daughter of Hugh and Dana Clarke, leaves her parents perplexed and the entire Clarke family shocked and outraged. Hugh is from a rich and prominent family whose ancestry extends back to theMayflower . The birth of their first child should be a wonderfully happy time, but Hugh and Dana are struggling with questions of race, family, and trust. Hugh's family is certain Dana had an affair and wants her to take a DNA test, which causes tremendous strain on the marriage. Then Hugh demands that Dana find her biological father, because he is convinced their baby's African features stem from Dana's side of the family. As the novel evolves, Hugh and Dana gradually piece together the facts, discovering startling secrets from their pasts. Read by Karen White, Family Tree questions the choices people make in times of crisis, as well as the meaning of identity and unconditional love. Though the writing seems pretentious at times, this page turner is nonetheless recommended, especially for Delinsky fans.Carol Stern, Glen Cove P.L., NY

        Copyright 2007 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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–Nora Roberts
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 and is about to give birth to their first child. But though her daughter is born beautiful and healthy, 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. Dana's determination to discover the truth becomes a poignant journey back through her past 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 having profound consequences that can last for...
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