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2.93 out of 52.93 out of 52.93 out of 52.93 out of 52.93 out of 5 2.93 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Delinsky Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9781415935668
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Dana Clarke has always longed for the stability of home and family—her own childhood was not an easy one. Now she has married a man she adores and is about to give birth to their first child. But though her daughter is born beautiful and healthy, no one can help noticing the African American traits in her appearance. Dana’s husband, to her great shock and dismay, begins to worry that people will think Dana has had an affair.

The only way to repair the damage done is for Dana to track down the father she never knew. Dana’s determination to discover the truth becomes a poignant journey back through her past that unearths secrets rooted in prejudice and fear.

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

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  • The old and illustrious New England Clarke family has a new member and she is not what the family envisioned. Elizabeth Clarke, a beautiful daughter born to Hugh and Dana, possesses definite African-American traits, leaving the parents puzzled and the extended Clarke family scandalized. Now, on what should be a joyous occasion, the birth of their first child, Hugh and Dana are struggling with issues of race, family, and trust. Delinsky often writes with insight about complex family matters, and here adds thought-provoking concerns about race in America to the mix in a novel that will stir debate and inspire self-examination. Booklist
  • Delinsky’s family saga explores how a white, upper-middle-class New England couple would react if the wife gave birth to an African-American baby. Delinsky vigorously takes on thorny racial assumptions and admirably allows her characters to acknowledge and correct their biases. Fail-safe delivery of an issues-packed story perfect for reading groups. Kirkus Reviews
  • Family Tree is warm, rich, textured, and impossible to put down. Nora Roberts
  • Delinsky delves deeper into the human heart and spirit with each new novel. Cincinnati Enquirer
  • When Dana and Hugh Clarke’s baby is born into their wealthy, white New England community, the baby’s unmistakably African-American features puzzle her thoroughly Anglo-looking parents. 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. Delinsky smoothly challenges characters and readers alike to confront their hidden hypocrisies [while getting] the political and personal dynamics just right. Publishers Weekly
  • Loyal readers who have followed Barbara Delinsky’s writing for many years will not be surprised at the depth of characterization in FAMILY TREE. Delinsky’s latest is well suited for fans of the serious themed books of Jodi Picoult, Anita Shreve, and Jacquelyn Mitchard. Full of complex and fascinating family dynamics as its characters are forced to come to terms with issues such as faith, race and loyalty, FAMILY TREE is thought-provoking and memorable. After 26 years of publishing and 19 New York Times bestsellers, Delinsky will be ‘discovered’ by a new generation of readers. BookPage

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 6/29/2011

    " It has been awhile since I read this book, but I remember it so well because it had a good message. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lcoate | 6/20/2011

    " A bit dated, but quite interesting when a young well-to-do Caucasian couple have an African=American baby. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Beth | 6/4/2011

    " Pretty well written, but the storyline did not ring true. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mich | 5/26/2011

    " blah blah blah.. glad it was freebie "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 5/23/2011

    " I really got involved in the story. This was the kind of book that was hard to put down and I talked to a lot of people about the storyline - got a lot of mixed reactions to the couple's relationship and how the "plot" showed the lack of trust from the husband. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 5/16/2011

    " This was a pretty good book, but was a little slower and mushier than typical Barbara Delinksy books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caroline | 5/15/2011

    " Not one of my favorites. I would call this a pretty predictable beach read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carin | 5/8/2011

    " Excellent book. True and heartfelt! Loved the characters. Loved the story! Awesome "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandi | 4/23/2011

    " I don't think this book is as bad s a lot of the reviews suggest. It's was alright, but by no means one of my top 10 favorites. It kept my attention enough to want to know what was going to happen next. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 4/14/2011

    " I wasn't impressed, though it had two pretty good stories, and interesting theme. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 4/12/2011

    " Mediocre telling of a mixed race baby born to a white couple. I did not understand why race was such a big deal. That fact made the entire premise of the book a bit on the trivial side to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 3/31/2011

    " This book is about generations of secrets and lies, and how they affect the family tree. I liked the book and felt I had to know the answers just as much as Hugh and Dana! :o) The ending was a little slow, but in the end it turned out to be a good book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacey | 3/10/2011

    " This could have been a good story except for the incredibly shallow characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sue | 3/4/2011

    " I really did not like the premise of this book. Why should it be such a life changing event to find out their is some African American blood in the family? I really didn't get it. "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Delinsky

Barbara Delinsky, author of Escape, Not My Daughter, While My Sister Sleeps, The Secret Between Us, and Family Tree, has written more than twenty bestselling novels with over thirty million copies in print. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, she also wrote a nonfiction book, Uplift: Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors, which is currently in its fifth printing. All of the proceeds from the book go to charity, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. A lifelong New Englander, Delinsky earned a BA in psychology from Tufts University and an MA in sociology from Boston College.

About the Narrator

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.