Andrew Solomon (right, with his husband and son) discusses his book "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity" on Fresh Air today.
He conducted studies on the relationships between parents and children when children have conditions that are alien to their parents, be it disability or children conceived in rape. He tells Terry Gross about how his research affected his own views on parenting and family:
People said to me, ‘But you are doing this book about all of these terrible things that have gone wrong for all of these families and surely doing that would have made you draw back from the project of having your own family?’ And I said, ‘But on the contrary, I felt that what the book was about is the fact that parents can love almost anyone who is presented to them as their child and that love has a compelling urgency to it that rises above any difficulty and I thought whoever my children turn out to be, I think I’ll be able to love them.’
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