Dani Shapiro on "Inheritance"

Cheryl Strayed Sucher talks to Dani Shapiro, the acclaimed, best-selling memoirist and novelist, about "Inheritance," Shapiro's memoir about the staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test: an exploration of the urgent ethical questions surrounding fertility treatments and DNA testing, and a profound inquiry of paternity, identity, Jewish identity and love. 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, 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 and 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’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.

Cheryl Pearl Sucher is an award-winning journalist, essayist, reviewer and fiction writer who lives between Cranbury, New Jersey, and the Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. "Ka Hua E Wha: The Southernmost Jewish Community in the World," her contribution to "Jewish Lives in New Zealand" was published in 2012 by Random House NZ and she has been a frequent contributing book reviewer and feature writer for The NZ Sunday Star-Times and The NZ Listener. 



Monday, April 15, 2019 - 7:00pm



McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince St.
New York, NY 10012

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