The Family Tree by Carole Cadwalladr
A Novel

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When Rebecca Monroe—married to Alistair, a scientist who doesn’t believe in fate, but rather genetic disposition—discovers that she is pregnant, she begins to question what makes us who we are and whether her own precarious family history will play a role in her future.

For Rebecca, the wry and observant narrator of The Family Tree, simple things said over breakfast take on greater meaning: a home-improvement project foreshadows darker things to come; the color of one’s eyes, the slope of a forehead are all missing pieces to the truth behind the family tree.

At once nostalgic and refreshingly original, The Family Tree is a sophisticated story of one woman and the generations of women who came before her and whose legacy shaped her life and its emotional landscape.


About Carole Cadwalladr

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Nominated for the Best Specialist Writer/British Press Award, Carole Cadwalladr writes for newspapers including The Daily Telegraph and lives in the UK. The Family Tree is her first novel.
Published November 29, 2005 by Plume. 412 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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This first novel by Carole Cadwalladr tracks three generations of a bizarre English family.

Jan 23 2005 | Read Full Review of The Family Tree: A Novel

Entertainment Weekly

Anyone who grew up poring over sketches of hairy lovers in the original .

Dec 22 2004 | Read Full Review of The Family Tree: A Novel

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Seattle Times 3.5 of 5 Stars"When Cadwalladr sticks with Doreen and the nuclear Monroe family, the novel feels close to flawless."

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