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February 17, 2020

Inheritance — Dani Shapiro

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There are many good reasons not to send in a saliva sample to Ancestry.com or 23andMe so as to find out your DNA profile and explore where you came from.

This book, subtitled "A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love," is Exhibit A for one of them.

Long story short: "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."

Shapiro's a superb writer whose books never crossed my path until a review for this one caught my eye.

It's got elements of a spy thriller embedded in the quest to unearth the purposely buried and forgotten pasts of both the author and others, "family" in the broadest sense of the word.

Highly recommended.

February 17, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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