Thursday, March 7, 2013

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

How does it feel to be the mother of a teenage dwarf who’s desperate to start dating? What if you love the daughter you conceived when you were raped but can’t bear to be touched by her? And, as the father of a happy, yet profoundly deaf son who’s forgotten how it feels to hear, how do you deal with your memories of the times you played music together?
More of the NYTIMES article here.

Mr. Solomon is obsessed by that blurry line where illness and identity bleed into each other. “We live in xenophobic times,” he writes. He detects a “crisis in empathy.” His book is a sober yet optimistic portrait of what he calls “love across the divide.”  More NYTIMES book review here.