Andrew Solomon’s Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity covers stories of diverse caregiver experience; parents with exceptional children: children with deafness, dwarfism, Downs syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, or disability. Others are caring for children who are prodigies, transgender, conceived from rape, or committing crimes. Solomon addresses the mechanisms and key success factors of patient-professional partnerships, patient engagement, care coordination, shared decision-making, peer-to-peer relationships, and social determinants. What he concentrates on is the dynamic tension of identity, belonging, and community. Identity and community change for these families with unexpected challenges.

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