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In the spring of 2016, through DNA analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. In one moment, her entire history crumbled beneath her.

Inheritance is a book about secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness, and secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman’s urgent quest to unlock the tale of her own identity, which had been scrupulously hidden from her for more than 50 years, during which time she wrote brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and fam­ily history. It is a book about how 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.

Shapiro is the author of the memoirs Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion and five novels. Her work has been broad­cast on This American Life, and has appeared in numerous periodicals, including The New Yorker, Elle, and Vogue.

In the spring of 2016, through DNA analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. In one moment, her entire history crumbled beneath her.

Inheritance is a book about secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness, and secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman’s urgent quest to unlock the tale of her own identity, which had been scrupulously hidden from her for more than 50 years, during which time she wrote brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and fam­ily history. It is a book about how 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.

Shapiro is the author of the memoirs Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion and five novels. Her work has been broad­cast on This American Life, and has appeared in numerous periodicals, including The New Yorker, Elle, and Vogue.

In the spring of 2016, through DNA analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. In one moment, her entire history crumbled beneath her.

Inheritance is a book about secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness, and secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman’s urgent quest to unlock the tale of her own identity, which had been scrupulously hidden from her for more than 50 years, during which time she wrote brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and fam­ily history. It is a book about how 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.

Shapiro is the author of the memoirs Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion and five novels. Her work has been broad­cast on This American Life, and has appeared in numerous periodicals, including The New Yorker, Elle, and Vogue.

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Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N. Harwood St.
Dallas, TX 75201
https://www.dma.org/programs/event/dani-shapiro

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