For as long as she can remember, Dana Clarke has longed for the stability of home and family. Now she has married a man she adores, whose heritage can. Delinsky’s latest family saga (Looking for Peyton Place, , etc.) explores how a white, upper-middle-class New England couple would react. Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky – book cover, description, publication history.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. May 03, Lauren rated it liked it. Oct 04, Yvette rated it liked it Shelves: It forces the entire family to face hard questions and lifetime beliefs. Every cent has gone to my charitable foundation, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. The mother’s grandmother is injured and with a one-week-old baby, she takes her place at a family-owned shop.

I overall enjoyed this book and how it touched on a subject that many people think about but sometimes don’t want to admit; race. But he loves this baby from the get-go. Her daughter is born beautiful and healthy, but no delins,y can help noticing the African American traits in her appearance.

Family Tree

It was an interesting read. Added by 2 of our members. Seriously, even if you’re looking for a deilnsky beach read, don’t read this. I found this book beautifully written, and while it gives you something to think about its does not hit you over the head with opinions. 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.


But what do I know? If so, what should those financial obligations be? The whole book just seemed a little “woe is me” for my taste.

I was first attracted to this book by the cover, it intrigued me, so I picked it up. When Dana gives birth, they are surprised that their baby, Lizzie, is dark-skinned.

They feel compelled to find an answer, as their friends and neighbors start to whisper that maybe Dana wasn’t that faithful after all. Hugh is a lawyer, representing a client pro bono in a paternity case against a senator.

Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky

Dana’s mother died when Dana was a child, and Dana never knew her father: Intrigued, I spent three months researching, plotting, and writing my own book – and it sold.

Did I love it, no. This pause, while irritating, is also important. But the book is also about hypocrisy — about those people who say one thing and do another, who wear one face in public and another in private, who want us to do as delinnsky say, not do as they do.

The side story about the snobby knitter was unnecessary and had no real impact on the story except to make it longer. Dana’s paternity has been shrouded in secrecy, so she assumes she’s the carrier of African-American tre. Even though I did not know her well before, the diction she used makes the whole story more vivid. Initially, I wrote only in a secondary capacity, to provide copy for the pictures I took.

The characters were flat, unsympathetic, and completely stereotypical. Beginning with the first chapter, in which a woman’s water has broken and they linger for a very long time before getting around to leaving for the hospital.

FAMILY TREE by Barbara Delinsky | Kirkus Reviews

The cast of characteres was full of the types of people I hate, it discussed issues that were pretinent and PC about 10 years ago, and the structure was a mess. This book is deeply offensive in its dramatization of mixed race parentage as a crisis worth 39 chapters of hand-wringing. I think he is stunned. View all 3 comments. Family Tree Barbara Delinsky Limited preview – Mar 10, Roxanne rated it liked it Shelves: Oh no, how are people familly perceive him now?


If not, what interesting or ironic histories are present in your ancestry? The odds of someone not being who we thought they were are a million times higher than the odds of several genes these features would take more than one suddenly springing to life without pairing up. Feb 06, Baebara. The characters change and develop throughout the story, but not drastic changes.


Stay in Touch Sign up. What would the ideal school for Lizzie be like? What ultimately brings healing to some of the parties involved?

Connect with me on Facebook: When Hugh first sees his baby is brown he believes that his wife, Dana, had an affair with their neighbor, who just happens to be black.

Barbara Delinsky’s Family Tree is an utterly unforgettable novel that asks penetrating questions about race, family, trde the choices people make in times of crisis—choices that have profound consequences that can last for generations.