Praise for Carolyn Abraham's The Juggler's Children
Nominated for the 2013 Governor General's Award for
Shortlisted, Canadian Science Writers' Association Award (2014)
Longlisted for the 13th annual RBC Taylor Prize
"an artfully crafted pas de deux between DNA testing and family
identity... Abraham writes with ease and humour, undaunted by complexity,
and the narrative unfolds like a detective story"
—The Literary Review of Canada
"It is, by turns, a detective story, a primer on the science of the
human genome, and a revealing family portrait... This highly personal
story not only entertains and informs, it forces us to ask ourselves
some very basic and universal questions about the nature of identity."
—Quill & Quire
"With an irreverent sense of humour and the smarts of an experienced
medical-science journalist, Abraham describes how questions about her
ancestry had gnawed at her since childhood, when she was "a brown girl
with a Jewish last name who went to the Catholic school"... And what her
genes wind up revealing-about not only her own background but everyone
else's-is richer than any tall family tale."
"The Juggler's Children is a delightful personal journey into the
history of life preserved in each of our genomes... a story everyone can
relate to because we all want to know who we are and where we came from.
Abraham, like a great detective, sorts through the links in her family's
DNA in a very readable tale that shows the complex interrelatedness of
—J. Craig Venter, the American biologist who decoded one
of the first maps of the human genome
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