The Family Tree

By: Carole Cadwalladr

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Rebecca Monroe is terrified of turning into her mother.

On the day Lady Diana married Prince Charles, Rebeccaas mother locked herself in the bathroom of 24 Beech Drive and never came out. Was it because the holiday dinner didnat turn out just right? Because Rebeccaas grandmother married her first cousin? Or was she simply, unalterably unhappy? According to Rebeccaas scientist husband, our genes control our fate, but Rebecca isnat so sure. Leaving everything to science allows little room for the events that shape our lives.

Looking for clues in a family history filled with three generations of mistaken marriages, dubiously fathered children, and hand-me-down sayings, Rebecca discovers she is just one piece of a family history that is still unravelingaand she wonders if events of the past are destined to repeat themselves in her own childas future.

The intertwining relationships of mothers and daughters, sisters and brothers, and husbands and wives go to the heart of "The Family Tree" as it transcends the story of one woman and her family to become an indelible and resonant novel in which author Carole Cadwalladr ponders what truly makes us who we are.

Title: The Family Tree

Author or Artist: Carole Cadwalladr

Categories: Fiction Contemporary Lit,

Publisher: Dutton Adult: December 2004

ISBN Number: 0525948422

ISBN Number 13: 9780525948421

Binding: Hardcover

Condition: Used - Very Good

[ash-ling] ID: 58

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