"To look deep into your child’s eyes and see in him both yourself and something utterly strange, and then to develop a zealous attachment to every aspect of him, is to achieve parenthood’s self-regarding, yet unselfish, abandon. It is astonishing how often such mutuality had been realized - how frequently parents who had supposed that they couldn’t care for an exceptional child discover that they can. The parental predisposition to love prevails in the most harrowing of circumstances. There is more imagination in the world than one might think."

Andrew Solomon, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (via sometimesagreatnotion)

How do parents love children who are extraordinarily different from themselves? That’s what one of the fall’s biggest nonfiction books, Andrew Solomon’s Far from the Tree, is asking.

"A landmark, revolutionary book….compulsively readable." - Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad

"A brave and ambitious work, bringing together science, culture and a powerful empathy." - Malcolm Gladwell

Watch the trailer above and read an excerpt.

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