Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

The author of Hourglass now gives us a new memoir about identity, paternity, and family secrets—a real-time 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.

Title:Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781524732714
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  • Jess

    I thought this would be an interesting book similar to Carolyn Abraham’s The Juggler’s Children. Unfortunately, I was mistaken. Shapiro mentions her role as writer again and again as well as her d...

  • Julie

    Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro is a 2019 Knopf publication. A poignant journey to self-rediscovery! The home DNA kit is so popular right now. I know many peopl...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Audiobook.... read by Dani Shapiro!I love her! I love her!!!!!I *love* Dani Shapiro!!!!!I really ‘could’ listen to Dani read the phone book!!!Keeping with tradition... having listened to Dani read...

  • Edith

    2 1/2 stars. Dani Shapiro unexpectedly learns, at the age of 54, as a result of a DNA test, that the man she knew as her father was not biologically related to her. She and her husband very quickly fi...

  • Diane S ?

    You're 54 years old, always felt like the odd duck in your Jewish family, blond, blue eyed, pale, but you were not prepared for the results of your genealogical testing. Although you often felt like y...

  • Daniel Myers

    I knew this wasn't really the book for me when I started just skimming at only about 15% in. I probably would have abandoned it entirely if not for how short it is. The main problem with this book is ...

  • Brandice

    Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love is Dani Shapiro’s story of discovering at the age 54, through a simple DNA test, that her dad is not in fact her biological father - Something...

  • Jana

    Wow. I don’t usually read a book this fast. I listened to this one on audible, excellently narrated by the author.I love her writing. This is only the second book I’ve read by her, but her writing...

  • Zennifer

    Self-absorbed, white privileged author who is blissfully unaware of the real challenges of life as she ridiculously overreacts to genetic test results....

  • JanB

    Many people participate in DNA testing as a lark, never anticipating the results will rock them to their core and make them question their entire life. This is what happened to the author when she fin...