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Dani Shapiro in conversation with Elizabeth Rosner

  • Kepler's Books 1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA 94025 (map)

It was a simple test. Yet, the course of her life changed forever.

Dani Shapiro, the award-winning author of bestselling novels like Hourglass, Devotion, and more, grappled with the self-shattering results of a simple DNA test.

On TLC and in heart-warming ads, DNA testing is nothing more than a high-tech family tree for the digital age, an over-the-counter science experiment to deepen our own personal understanding ourselves. But millions of Americans are finding a different experience.

In this intimate and heart-wrenching new memoir from one of the great writers of our time, comes the true story of how Dani Shapiro discovered that her father was not truly her biological father. Her Jewish identity, relationship to her family and to herself—they all underwent seismic change in a heartbeat. Upending a lifetime of secrets and untold stories, this innocuous decision left Shapiro grappling with results no one could have ever prepared her for. Inheritance is a tour de force of what family truly means, raw and emotionally realized.

Join us for a powerful and peerless evening, as Dani opens this profound chapter of her life in conversation with fellow writer and family historian Elizabeth Rosner of Survivor Café.

These two stunning Jewish-American authors describe a selfhood built against the backdrop of history, secrets, and the often-unknown stories of those who came before us.

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