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Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky
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Jan 04, 2010

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It is odd to think that a story about race and bigotry could have this wonderful knitted fabric woven into and through it, but Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky does have just that. Dana’s husband’s family is blue through and through researched and documented, so when the baby is born with distinctive African traits all eyes turn on Dana. Her mother bore her out of wedlock and she never was willing to go looking for a man who never came looking for her. Now her husband feels he must. He is a lawyer and though he and his parents think of themselves as open minded they need proof that this baby is theirs and where the traits came from.
The knitting comes through Dana’s family. Her grandmother owns a knitting store and she herself taught at a young age has grown into an interior designer who will crafts things for the rooms she creates. She keeps her knitting close as it becomes her solace as her family is torn apart though accusations and investigations.
The investigation worms its way through the entire family and forces everyone to face who they really are whether they are willing to confront things or not. I appreciate this book because though it is a painful journey for the characters many of the characters are left with more peace from the truth. There are also those who prefer the lie and that provides some realism to what could have been a syrupy ending.
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