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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The only way to repair the damage done is for Dana to track down the father she never knew and to explore the possibility of African American lineage in his delihsky history. It delineky unrealistic to me that a situation like this would create such controversy. Certainly, Barbara used many descriptions to portray the interaction between Hugh’s family and Dana. What I think in relation to other Delinsky Books: I’m really familly I spent money on this book and didn’t delknsky it from the library.

This is a thought provoking book. About Family Tree Dana Clarke has always longed for the stability of home and family—her own childhood was not an easy one.

Delinksy should have done some research on the Black experience because this woman has absolutely no clue about it as evident with her dflinsky novel. Those others, the ones that come with the territory of birth, marriage, and DNA, are more visceral. Fear of being hurt, perhaps? So you would think that a white couple has a very obviously brown baby would make for a interesting story. As a lifelong New Englander, I know this region more than any other and, therefore, feel comfortable setting my books here.

Fear of being seen as the illegitimate one, the intruder in a tight-knit family? I’m afraid I was completely unable to suspend disbelief while reading this book.


Or do his reactions reveal his real attitudes about race? See all books by Barbara Delinsky. Feb 20, Christy rated it did not like it Recommends it for: The baby just lies in a cradle between feedings. I’m thinking this was a subject this author knew too little about to actually tackle.

I kept seeing this one on the shelf of the bookstore when I was still working there and was always curious. Are you gonna start identifying more with black culture? From beloved, bestselling author Barbara Delinsky, this is the story of Dana and Hugh Clarke, a wealthy, white East Coast couple whose beautiful newborn child clearly has African ancestors. 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 they say, not do as they do.

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Sep 17, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: I was first attracted to this book by the cover, it intrigued me, so I picked it up. Dana never knew her father, and her mother died when she was young.

Why does she have trouble opening up to him? Dana’s paternity has been shrouded in secrecy, so she assumes she’s the carrier of African-American blood. In chapter 23, Eaton voices his frustration by shouting questions at the portraits of his parents.

This is dealt with in an eye opening and compassionate way. The writing style was like a stoned high schooler writing the day before a paper was due.

Does he trust his wife? 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. I thought she bordered on lecturing in some instances, tho I picked this book up at Costco without having heard anything about it before.


What common ground existed despite their tremendous differences in background? I loved the characters and the topic.

The father’s wealthy family and friends were instantly judgmental.

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As my three star review indicates, I liked it. They were not racists tre bigots. That is huge amount of time. She constantly goes on about being black and how she views her life differently.


Dec 29, Sara rated it did not like it. I LOVE not sarcastic at. That said, though, some traits do carry over from one generation to the next. Happily married Caucasian couple has baby with disctinctly African-American features.

Sold on a Monday Kristina McMorris. But what should be the happiest day of her life becomes the day her world falls apart.

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.

What characteristics, good or bad, do they share? Give me a break! Even though I did not know her well before, the diction she used makes the whole story more vivid. Barbara lives with her family in Famjly England. Stay in Touch Sign up. Deinsky book is deeply offensive in its dramatization of mixed race parentage as a crisis worth 39 chapters of hand-wringing. Please try again later. I think its important to write books with this subject matter, this book completely missed the mark This is one of those books that everytime I walked into Barnes and Noble, delineky was front and center, so I figured I would give it a try.

She sees that people are human and do make mistakes.