Picturing the Wreck

“Exposing the mind of an emotionally devastated 64-year-old man is a courageous literary endeavor for a young female author, and PICTURING THE WRECK gives credence to the power of the imagination and the writer’s skill. With fluid prose and keen observation, Shapiro takes us achingly close to the center of a tortured heart and soul.”

-Louisa Ermelino, PEOPLE

“Dani Shapiro is not reluctant to confront taboos…crossing boundaries between patient and therapist…shifting swiftly between past and present without sacrificing pacing or control…She generates light and heat in illuminating her characters.”


“Affecting…(Solomon’s) pathos evokes shades of Graham Green’s ‘whiskey priest.’


“Dani Shapiro is a master of the balancing act…moving effortlessly between life and death, sin and redemption…The intimate destructions of marriage and the desperate loneliness of lost love are deftly portrayed in prose that is at once spare and lyrical…testing the very limits of narrative and taking the story and our perceptions of its meaning to a whole new dimension…the dimension of forgiveness and love. Delicate, almost ethereal.”

-Louisiana Times-Picayune


-Vanity Fair

“Convincing and moving. A triumph.”

-Publishers Weekly

“Dani Shapiro interweaves personal and political history; tiny gold threads of possibility peek through, but no seams show.”

-Library Journal