Dani Shapiro’s books include the memoirs, Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work spans diverse subjects from her tumultuous upbringing in an Orthodox Jewish community and the tragic death of her father to her explorations of spirituality and the nature of our deepest relationships. Dani’s instant New York Times best selling memoir, Inheritance, was published in January of 2019 by Knopf.
What makes us who we are? What combination of memory, history, biology, experience, and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us?
In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history–the life she had lived–crumbled beneath her.
Inheritance is a book about secrets–secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman’s urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history. It is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in–a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.
Sunday, September 8, 2019
Larchmont Public Library at 3:30 pm
Event held at Larchmont Temple
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Albany Book Festival at 10:30 am
10:30-11:15: In Conversation with Will Schwalbe
1:30-2:15: Solo Event on Inheritance
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
The Osborn at 7:30 pm
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Oliver Wolcott Library at 7:00 pm
In conversation with Joseph Montebello