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Dani Shapiro was born on April 10,1962 in New Jersey. She attended Sarah Lawrence College where she studied under Grace Paley. She began writing fo rthe screen and adapted Oscar Wilde's "The Happy Prince" for HBO. She has also been a professor of creative writing at Wesleyan University and an visa mer instructor at Columbia University. She has since written five novels and 3 memoirs. Her novels include: Playing with Fire, Fugitive Blue, Picturing the Wreck, Family History and Black and White. Her memoirs are Hourglass, Slow Motion, Devotion, and Inheritance. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre

Inkluderar namnet: Dani Shapiro (Author)

Foto taget av: Author Dani Shapiro at the 2018 Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas, United States. By Larry D. Moore - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Verk av Dani Shapiro

Familjebilder (2003) 432 exemplar
Signal Fires (2022) 359 exemplar
Devotion: A Memoir (2010) 258 exemplar
Black & White (2007) — Författare — 242 exemplar
Slow Motion: A True Story (1998) 215 exemplar
Picturing the Wreck (1995) 67 exemplar
Fugitive Blue (1992) 26 exemplar
Best New American Voices 2010 (2009) — Redaktör — 26 exemplar
Playing with Fire (1990) 24 exemplar
Leuchtfeuer (2024) 8 exemplar
Señales en la noche (AdN) (2023) 1 exemplar

Associerade verk

A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (2018) — Bidragsgivare — 234 exemplar
Granta 62: What Young Men Do (1998) — Bidragsgivare — 140 exemplar
The Best American Erotica 2001 (2001) — Bidragsgivare — 91 exemplar
Full Frontal Fiction: The Best of (2000) — Bidragsgivare — 72 exemplar
The Jewish Writer (1998) — Bidragsgivare — 52 exemplar
This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home (2017) — Bidragsgivare — 38 exemplar
The Good Parts: The Best Erotic Writing in Modern Fiction (2000) — Bidragsgivare — 34 exemplar


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Hinter diesem Blümchen-Cover hätte ich nie eine solche Geschichte erwartet, ist für mich nicht ganz nachvollziehbar, warum man hier Blumen gewählt hat... aber der Klappentext ist ansprechend und passend.
Etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig ist die Geschichte aber schon, normalerweise mag ich ja Bücher, in denen ständig in der Zeitachse hin und her gesprungen wird, nicht so gerne; aber bei dieser Geschichte hätte ein chronologischer Verlauf nicht diese Wirkung erzielt. Chronologisch wäre es nur eine Aneinanderreihung der einzelnen Charaktere und ihr Empfinden gewesen.
In diesem Buch geht es um diesen einen Vorfall in 1985 und was ein solcher Vorfall in Familien auslöst. Hier geht es um Drama, Schmerz, Verdrängen, Vergessen und Schweigen - vor allem Schweigen.
Das Buch ist zwar Seitenzahl mäßig eher dünn, dennoch musste ich ab und an Lesepausen einlegen, denn obwohl die Sprache des Buches einfach und auf den Punkt gebracht war, die Geschichte dahinter war es nicht...
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Onj | Mar 27, 2024 |
A family is torn apart by decisions made when their teen children are involved in a car crash which kills another teen. The father, Ben, is a doctor, who pulls the girl from the wreck, when he shouldn't have moved her. She later dies in the hospital. They never discuss this. Theo and Sarah, and the mom, Mimi, are all changed by this one event and their lives are a series of regrets.
New neighbors move in, and Ben assists in the birth of their child, Waldo, who is born premature, and at home. The parents' marriage is rocky and Waldo is a genius. Mimi and Waldo meet later when Mimi has Alzheimers and is wandering and Waldo has run away. That night also bonds Waldo to Ben.
A sad commentary on how one event/error in judgment can affect us for our entire lives.
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rmarcin | 20 andra recensioner | Mar 5, 2024 |
I find it very difficult to rate someone’s memoir as it is very personal to them and you never know the reason why they felt compelled to write it. In this case, I feel the author needed to take her spiraling emotional thoughts and put them down to ground herself. The writing was very good and the author did a good job of narration. I found the story interesting but unfortunately, not being in that situation, I found it a bit repetitive. I am so glad that Dani was able to find peace with her family and past.… (mer)
slittleson | 54 andra recensioner | Feb 2, 2024 |
Admit this novel disappointed me. It's not a bad book (Shapiro's a competent storyteller), but I feel like the blurbs and reviews significantly misrepresent and oversell the nature of the story. What you get is a lot less than what you are led to expect.

For instance, the summary on the back cover of the book promises a tale of two families whose lives/fates become intertwined in some profound way, perhaps having to do with the secrets that each family is keeping - or so the text darkly hints. Instead, Shapiro gives us two families that, apart from living across the street from each other, barely interact; and a single secret, related to a tragic accident, that ends up contributing little to the story. (The accidental itself is meaningful; the lie related to the accident, not so much.)

The summary likewise promises "a magical story ... where stars collapse and stories collide." Instead, the novel delivers a cast of rather ordinary people facing a host of rather ordinary problems: spouses battling Alzheimer's, neurodivergent children, inferiority complexes, poor parenting, survivor guilt. The characters are largely static and not entirely credible: one set of parents is a little too perfect, the other set of parents a little too awful, and all the children are endowed with improbable giftedness (a producer of award winning films, a famous chef, a brilliant astrophysicist). The lives of the characters wax and wane in ways that are more or less recognizable, but certainly nothing one would describe as "magical."

The summary suggests that astrophysics will serve as a metaphor for human interconnection, but I don't feel like Shapiro makes this work either. Telling the story out of sequence (the chapters hop through time) is an interesting gimmick, but not nearly enough to establish that "perhaps time is not a continuum, but rather, past, present and future are always and forever unspooling." And while it's technically true that we are all of us comprised of star stuff (insofar as all atoms are borne from stars), that's hardly solid ground for asserting that "Perhaps each [star] is what remains of every soul who has ever lived." Souls, friendship, love, guilt, joy ... these are all things that transcend periodic tables and the laws of physics.

Finally, I'm at a loss to understand why this won the National Jewish Book Award, as neither Jewish spirituality, tradition, nor identity influence the tale in any meaningful way. Honestly, besides a few references to bar mitzvahs and sitting shiva, the families could be Rastafarians for all it matters to the plot or character development.

I've read some other reviews that suggest that this may be one of Shapiro's weaker efforts. I've also read that this is her first novel in 15yrs. Perhaps the reviewers who heaped praises on this are considering her collected works rather than this outing in particular?
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Dorritt | 20 andra recensioner | Feb 1, 2024 |



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