Family Tree

Version: Abridged
Author: Barbara Delinsky
Narrator: Becket Royce
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Random House Audio Assets
Published In: February 2007
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Overview

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.

Reviews (3)

Family Tree

Written by Jean from Santa Cruz, CA on January 4th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was an interesting plot. The reactions of the various family members, friends etc was real. The ending was a bit of a surprise to me. Over all was a good story.

Family Tree

Written by Anonymous on January 3rd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

One of Barbara's best. The story line makes you either love or hate the characters. Makes you ask yourself how would you react to the same situation.

FAMILY TREE

Written by Anonymous on April 2nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Thought provoking, characters felt real and engaging. I listened to this during my commute and I couldn't wait to get in the car.

Author Details

Author Details

Delinsky, Barbara

"Personal bios are really hard to write for those of us who make a living dramatizing bios for pretend people. Anything I write about me feels totally boring. But it is what it is. So here goes.

I was born and raised in suburban Boston. My mother's death, when I was eight, was the defining event of a childhood that was otherwise ordinary. I took piano lessons and flute lessons. I took ballroom dancing lessons. I went to summer camp through my fifteenth year (in Maine, which explains the setting of so many of my stories), then spent my sixteenth summer learning to type and to drive (two skills that have served me better than all of my other high school courses combined). I earned a B.A. in Psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in Sociology at Boston College. The motivation behind the M.A. was sheer greed. My husband was just starting law school. We needed the money.

Oh. Oh. Back up. You'll love this. When I was in high school, I was kicked out of Honors English because I couldn't keep up! No, I never did go back to gloat. The truth is that though I came from a family of lawyers and never dreamed of publishing books, I did learn the basics of writing in high school, and, yeah, that skill has come in handy, too.

Following graduate school, I worked as a researcher with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and as a photographer and reporter for the Belmont Herald. I did the newspaper work after my first son was born. Since I was heavily into taking pictures of him, I worked for the paper to support that habit. Initially, I wrote only in a secondary capacity, to provide copy for the pictures I took. In time, I realized that I was better at writing than photography. I used both skills doing volunteer work for hospital groups, and have served on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and on the MGH's Women's Cancer Advisory Board.

I became an actual writer by fluke. My twins were four when, by chance, I happened on a newspaper article profiling three female writers. Intrigued, I spent three months researching, plotting, and writing my own book - and it sold.

My niche? I write about the emotional crises that we face in our lives. Readers identify with my characters. They know them. They are them. I'm an everyday woman writing about everyday people facing not-so-everyday challenges.

My novels are character-driven studies of marriage, parenthood, sibling rivalry, and friendship, and I've been blessed in having readers who buy them eagerly enough to put them on the major bestseller lists. My newest hardcover, Family Tree, is out in February, 2007. My next, The Secret Between Us, will be released in 2008. God willing, there'll be another in 2009 and another in 2010.

2010? Yikes. I didn't think I'd live that long. I thought I'd die of breast cancer back in the twentieth century, like my mom. But I didn't. I was diagnosed twelve years ago, had surgery and treatment, and here I am, stronger than ever and loving having authored yet another book, this one the non-fiction Uplift: Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors. First published in 2001, Uplift is a handbook of practical tips and upbeat anecdotes that I compiled with the help of 350 breast cancer survivors, their families and friends. These survivors just ... blew me away! They gave me the book that I wish I'd had way back when I was diagnosed. There is no medical information here, nothing frightening, simply practical advice from friends who've had breast cancer. The 5th Anniversary Volume of Uplift is now in print. And the money I've made on the book? Every cent has gone to my charitable foundation, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Wow. Does it get any better than that?"