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The Family Tree by Carole Cadwalladr

At the center of The Family Tree is Rebecca Monroe, who is doing her doctoral thesis on pop culture of the 1970s and its effect on women's lives. She follows her own family history back to the 1940s and 1970s to illustrate her points. She's married to a behavioral geneticist who believes human actions are determined by their genes. As Rebecca tells the story of her family, moving backward and forward in time, her husband convinces her to be part of one his gene studies. This examination of family history in combination with her genetic past uncovers family secrets that begins to put Rebecca's life in perspective. Carole Cadwalladr's novel has received mostly positive reviews with BookPage saying, "The Family Tree is that rare book: a compelling and funny tale with underlying themes that will haunt the reader long after the cover is closed."
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