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When Canadian aca­demic Emily Urquhart’s first child was born with a shock of white hair, it was the be­gin­ning of a ter­ri­fy­ing, mag­i­cal and un­ex­pected jour­ney into rais­ing a child with albinism. In an ef­fort to learn what it means for her daugh­ter to be born with­out pig­ment, Urquhart looks at ev­ery­thing from the ge­net­ics be­hind the dis­or­der to the an­cient leg­ends sur­round­ing peo­ple who have it and what living with albinism looks like to­day. It’s im­pos­si­ble to re­main dry-eyed when Urquhart doc­u­ments her visit to Africa—where chil­dren with albinism are rou­tinely mur­dered—and equally dif­fi­cult not to fall in love with her en­chant­ing daugh­ter. Be­yond the Pale is an af­fect­ing mem­oir that is as in­for­ma­tive as it is po­etic. ■

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