Trade Ed. Simon & Schuster Audio 2012
DD ISBN 9781442356108 $39.95
Defining a framework of vertical (inherited and matching) and horizontal (cultural and contrasting) identities, Andrew Solomon explores what happens when children "fall far from the tree." Through extensive interviews with families of exceptional children, Solomon examines nine distinct horizontal identities, including deafness, autism, prodigiousness, and criminality. There are countless interview subjects, yet the book remains intimate and provocative throughout each weighty chapter due to Solomon's sensitive narration. Much of the book is built from interview excerpts, and Solomon is careful to modulate his natural patrician accent and tone to reflect the emotion and emphasis of the original speaker. Yet, Solomon's voice is singular and most striking during sections of reflection and memoir that punctuate this exploration of difference and belonging. A.S. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2012]
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