In his new book Far From the Tree, the writer Andrew Solomon tells the stories of children whose profound differences -- dwarfism, schizophrenia, Down syndrome, genius, and others -- have made them the subjects of intense prejudice. He also writes about the families who often have to profoundly rearrange their lives around the life of a child who alter their view of the world. At its heart, Solomon's book contends with the readiness to conflate "illness" with "identity." He joins us on Monday.
Visit the web site for the book, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, to learn more and see extraordinary videos of some of the books' subjects.
Andrew Solomon is the author of the novel A Stone Boat and The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, which won 14 national awards, including the 2001 National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist.