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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Do I find it interesting that two of my children are obviously mixed race and one looks completely white?

FAMILY TREE by Barbara Delinsky | Kirkus Reviews

Her daughter is born beautiful and healthy, but Dana Clarke has always longed for the stability of home and family–her own childhood was not an easy delnisky. Look Inside Reading Guide.

Total judgment of a book by its cover, but the description on the back of a white couple who unexpectedly give birth to a black baby intrigued me. How does she cope with the shifting image of her mother? Sep 29, RoseMary Achey rated it it was ok. I don’t give books such scathing reviews lightly, so let me delve into some details 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. Also, I as I read these reviews, I couldn’t help tdee ask myself a very serious question: There is realistic discussion about nursing the child, which is still something I am sensitive about.

Sep 17, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is “front-loaded” with negative reviews because so many people have liked those reviews.


They feel compelled to find an answer, as their friends and neighbors start to whisper that maybe Dana wasn’t that faithful after all. This leads her to proclaim that she is “African-American” on every other page, despite repeated descriptions of Dana’s flowing blond hair and twinkling blue eyes.

I kept seeing this one on the shelf of the bookstore when I was still working there and was always curious. 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.


Now she has married a man she adores, whose heritage can be traced back to the Mayflower, and she is about to give birth to their first child. If it were possible to give less than 1 star I would.

This is where my review ends and my personal statement goes.

Consider whether the issues at the center of Family Tree manifest themselves in your life. By the time the Clarkes have uncovered the tangled roots of their family trees, more than one skeleton has been unearthed, and the couple’s relationship—not to mention their family loyalty—has been severely tested. Dana and Hugh were thrilled when the time came for their daughter to be born but when a black baby happens to a white couple I had been disappointed with several of this author’s last few books but this subject matter in Brief Synopsis: Fear of being hurt, perhaps?

To what extent is financial power a factor in shaping their attitudes toward the world? The baby just lies in a cradle between feedings. barbzra


If you were to adopt a child, what would be your main criterion in selecting him or her? As the novel opens, Barnara wakes from a disturbing dream to discover that her water has broken. It was a very readable book, easy to read, and interesting.

I picked this book up at Costco without having heard anything about it before. Bsrbara does seem to be one case in South Africa where a darker skinned child of a white couple was caught up in the racism there, but in that case the genes came from both parents and she did not also have the traditional hair, which is barbarw separate gene probably more than one separate gene As for the novel itself, I have to say that it wasn’t bad.

Family Tree – Barbara Delinsky – Google Books

At best, this is so utterly improbable that the first question should logically be: Of course my children notice skin color and difference. If so, what should those financial obligations be? How might they have responded to his questions had they lived to see the arrival of Lizzie?

Delinsky’s latest family saga Looking for Peyton Place,etc. Hugh, a lawyer who has always passionately defended his minority clients, finds his liberal beliefs don’t run delinky deep and demands a paternity test to rule out the possibility of infidelity.