Saturday, January 14, 2006
The Family Tree by Carol Cadwalladr
What a great book! I did not know anything about this British novel when I saw displayed at Borders, but the blurb on the back that compared it to Zadie Smith and Bridget Jones got me interested. The book is very cleverly written and pretty informative, too. Rebecca, the main character, is married to a geneticist who gives her insight into the abnormalities in her family tree. The novel spans three generations - Rebecca's grandmother and mother's lives as well as her own. Each section of the novel opens with a dictionary definition that lends meaning to the section. In the end, it is about about redemption and roots. I loved it.