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Dani Shapiro-Inheritance

Event date: 
Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 7:15pm to 9:00pm

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.

Dani Shapiro is the best-selling author of the memoirs “Hourglass”, “Still Writing”, “Devotion”, and “Slow Motion”, and five novels including “Black & White” and “Family History”.

Event address: 
Georgia Center for the Book at DCPL
215 Sycamore St,
Decatur, GA 30030
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524732714
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf - January 15th, 2019


“A gripping genetic detective story, and a meditation on the meaning of parenthood and family.” —Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach