Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky

Delinsky’s novel was in the library’s Look!Read! section and I decided to give it a shot but I found the book to be just okay. Nothing really special. The characters were pretty caricatured at the beginning, making it hard to get into. There were several interesting story lines and but the people weren’t super fascinating or thought provoking for me.

It’s not really about genealogy though, its about race.

“We’re all for minorities-civil rights, affirmative action, equality in the workplace-but we only want to be white. Are we hypocrites?” (pg. 149)

And it takes itself too seriously because while there is some family history, the wasn’t any serious research to prove anything it said, making it a nice novel but nothing rooted in evidence.

How some of the side characters were used and present for specific purposes irritated me. Saundra & Corrine for instance. Who was the book really about? Dana’s journey? Her husband’s? Or the father’s? Or the grandmother’s? I think the idea was how all the story lines went together and they were all really dealing with similar issues though they didn’t realize it, but that was not strong enough in the book for me.

Book Mentioned:

  • Delinsky, Barbara. Family Tree. New York, NY: Doubleday, 2007. Print. 368 pgs. ISBN: 9780385518659. Source: Library.
Book Cover © Doubleday. Retrieved: May 9, 2008.

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