With a novelist's gift for story and insight, an artist's appreciation for the stark beauty of the Southwest, and a passion for scientific investigation, Wheelwright addresses the thorny implications of genetics and portrays a family bravely facing a tragic consequence of a long-hidden legacy.
As humankind becomes more technologically sophisticated, identity becomes both more fluid and more fixed...Mr. Wheelwright tiptoes with impressive agility through the minefield; this is one of the rare books on this vexed subject that get the technical stuff right.
--Charles C. Mann, The Wall Street Journal
From breast cancer to secret Jewish rituals, hidden links signify unlikely kinships in this meditative exploration of racial connectedness....[A] sensitive account of how a modern identity is woven from ancient physical and spiritual strands.
Wheelwright is a marvelously intelligent writer with a lyrical bent that complements his scientific rigor. His compassionate account of such complex subjects is both engaging and enlightening.
--Irene Wanner, Seattle Times
...clear-eyed journalism and his deft handling of so many different, complex strands -- the science, the history, the stories of Shonnie and her family, thorny issues of race and religion -- are Wheelwright's real achievement.
--Barbara Spindel, BarnesandNobleReview.com
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"At once an involving mystery, a tale of love and tragedy, an interreligious adventure, and a scientific quest, all set against a sere and stunning Southwestern landscape. A finely crafted, compassionate, fascinating book."
--Melvin Konner, author of The Jewish Body and Unsettled: An Anthropology of the Jews