Picks and Pans Review: Family Tree

updated 03/05/2007 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/05/2007 AT 01:00 AM EST

By Barbara Delinsky

Dana Clarke is blonde and blue-eyed; her husband, Hugh, can trace his heritage back to the Mayflower. So why does the daughter born to these demonstrably white New Englanders look African-American? In frank, unencumbered prose, Delinsky's sixth novel follows the couple as they delve into their genetic histories seeking an answer. Though hampered by flat dialogue, Tree raises intriguing questions about race, social standing and DNA testing, making for engrossing reading as the Clarkes, forced to face their own hidden prejudices, nearly unravel.

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