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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,111 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Delinsky Narrator: Becket Royce Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9780739333495
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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 audio 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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Quotes & Awards

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Jonetta Mason | 2/17/2014

    " Very good book. SOmething happens that you think that could NEVER happen and it is a good story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K.picci | 2/9/2014

    " Delinsky is another author i enjoy for a "quick read". This was better than some of the others...a little more complex. Another New England writer... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwen | 2/7/2014

    " This Book will prompt thought provoking conversations! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liz | 2/4/2014

    " I was forcing myself to read this, hoping to find a reason to care about what happened next. I finally came to the realization that it's just not interesting enough to hold my attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky Weiland | 1/28/2014

    " it was a fast easy read!! loved this story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlyn | 1/23/2014

    " The main story as well as the secondary story lines were interesting, but it was slightly repetitive especially in the beginning. I am glad that I made my way through the book because the characters were interesting and made it worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 1/23/2014

    " I thought I was really going to like this one better than the others I've read, but maybe I'm just getting tired of the long drawn out story lines. There were actually a couple of different story lines within the main story line of a white couple giving birth to a child with African American features. While they did finally get to the "how" this happened, there was still a disappointment when they left some of the stories hanging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie Tanoury | 1/21/2014

    " I am surprise with the poor reviews because I couldn't put it down. There were times were I was aggravated with the behavior of the characters in the book but if you can get outraged at a character in a book I say the author did a damn good job of making the book come alive for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Ann | 1/20/2014

    " This is a good mystery with the major story line about ancestry and DNA. A white upper class couple have a baby who definitely looks African-American. There is emotion and sleuthing. This is a fairly easy read and difficult to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 1/3/2014

    " This is the last Delinsky book I will read, I think. It is a very fast read but incredibly shallow and treats the potentially complex subject matter in an unbelievably superficial manner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 12/26/2013

    " Predictable, about racism, family relationships, a bit fluff "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lizabeth | 12/11/2013

    " This book was just awful. I only finished it b/c it was for a book club. They writing is filled with unnecessary details, full of stereotypes, and just poorly written. It reminds me of the high volume romance novels I read as a teen. Many things were unbelievable and so cringeworthy. Do Not Read!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 12/10/2013

    " Like most of Delinsky's books this is a quick read but includes interesting and thought provoking themes including the issues of family secrets, race, color and privilege. As these are complex issues they are not all tied up neatly, making the story more realistic. I recommend this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Buggirl | 9/13/2013

    " Really really predictable and flat characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bobbie Jo | 7/26/2013

    " Not my usual book type but it was a good read. I plan to read more from this author "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abbie Watters | 12/29/2012

    " Interesting twist from a prolific author. Nothing spectacular, but fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerrie Paterson | 12/8/2012

    " I liked the premise but it wasn't a page-turner for me. There were confusing sub-plots that seemed to end abruptly and not add much to the story. Liked it but didn't love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 10/30/2012

    " I read this book in 4 days! Liked it a lot! Easy to read. Another book about keeping secrets! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mahalia Solages | 10/17/2012

    " like her style "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 6/21/2012

    " Not overly impressed. Easy to read but I couldn't help but think "SO WHAT???" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin (Jump Into Books) | 3/7/2012

    " Amazing book from start to finish. I immediately felt for the main character as she had to deal with the prejudices from her husband when their child was born. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margali | 1/26/2012

    " It was an all right book. I found some of the characters very annoying at the beginning, and it felt like it got wrapped up with an excessively neat bow at the end. Didn't hate it, but wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Beth | 10/17/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 8/14/2011

    " I think it could have been better, it was ok .... "

  • 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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