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The White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with The White Hart Inn, Scoville Memorial Library and Oblong Books & Music

The acclaimed and beloved author of “Hourglass”  gives us a new memoir about identity, paternity, and family secrets–a real-time exploration of the staggering discovery she recently made about her father, and her struggle to piece together the hidden story of her own life.

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, 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.


Dani Shapiro is the author of the memoirs”Hourglass”, “Still Writing”, “Devotion”, and “ Slow Motion” and five novels including “ Black & White” and “Family History”. Also an essayist and a journalist, Shapiro’s short fiction, essays, and journalistic pieces have appeared in “The New Yorker”, “Granta”, “Elle”, “Vogue”, “Oprah Magazine”, The” New York Times Book Review”,  and many other publications. She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, the New School, and Wesleyan University; she is cofounder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. She lives with her family in Litchfield County

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