Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky

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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 be traced back to the Mayflower, and she is about to give birth to their first child. But what should be the happiest day of her life becomes the day her world falls apart. Her daughter is born beautiful and healthy, and in addition, unmistakably African-American in appearance. Dana’s determination to discover the truth about her baby’s heritage becomes a shocking, poignant journey. A superbly crafted novel, Family Tree asks penetrating questions about family and the choices people make in times of crisis.

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About Barbara Delinsky

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Barbara Delinsky is a New York Times bestselling author with more than thirty million copies of her books in print. She has been published in twenty-five languages worldwide. A lifelong New Englander, Barbara earned a B.A. in Psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in Sociology at Boston College. Barbara enjoys knitting, photography, and cats. She also loves to interact with her readers through her website at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter as @BarbaraDelinsky.
Published February 6, 2007 by Anchor. 369 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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It confirms that Hugh is the father and indicates that the baby carries the sickle-cell gene—inherited, subsequent tests reveal, not from Dana, but from Hugh.

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When Dana and Hugh Clarke's baby is born into their wealthy, white New England seaside community, the baby's unmistakably African-American features puzzle her thoroughly Anglo-looking parents.

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Barbara Delinsky's new novel, FAMILY TREE, explores and challenges readers with the prickly questions of race, class, pedigree, family heritage and history.

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Blonde, blue-eyed Dana Clarke seemingly has it all: Hugh, the handsome, rich attorney husband who adores her;

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When a white couple gives birth to a baby with distinctly black features, a family is thrown into turmoil.

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Hugh needs to know what relatives in Dana's family are black and the only person it could be is her unknown father.

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Though hampered by flat dialogue, Tree raises intriguing questions about race, social standing and DNA testing, making for engrossing reading as the Clarkes, forced to face their own hidden prejudices, nearly unravel.

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