Beyond The Pale: Folklore, Family, and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes by Emily Urquhart

Beyond The Pale: Folklore, Family, and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes
Beyond The Pale: Folklore, Family, and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes by Emily Urquhart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A wonderful read exploring the many cultural beliefs and understandings surrounding albinism.

This is a non-fiction book focusing on a subject in which Emily Urquhart has poured her heart and soul. Having given birth to her daughter Sadie, Emily quickly discovered there was something that set her daughter apart from the rest – she had albinism. Being a passionate folklorist, Emily took it upon herself to discover everything there is to know about albinism – from all over the planet.

What I loved about this book was the unfaltering determination from Emily to unearth the secrets of her family so that she could one day share them with Sadie. You see Emily and her husband come to terms with the fact that Sadie will always be impaired in some way or another – but they combat that with pure courageousness and open minds. It was a truly eye-opening read and I would highly recommend to all, I had never read anything to do with albinism before and this one definitely taught me a lot!

 

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