Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

On a whim, a woman takes a DNA test from and finds that the life and relatives she thought were blood, are actually not. Dani Shapiro was born into one of the most well-respected Jewish families in the New York area; this heritage is something that she held close and cherished. And to find she was conceived through artificial insemination creates a break in her that she longs to repair.

By shear luck, she finds a first cousin though the website and then quickly connects the dots to her father. She reaches out not knowing what will happen…

At 250 pages, this is a short, but one of the most powerful books I’ve read in a long time. Shapiro’s journey is thoroughly captivating. I blew through this book in less than a day and found my thoughts drawn to her story for days afterwards. The story starts with the DNA test and follows with her investigation and internal struggles to come to the realization that she isn’t who she thought she was. This affects her whole family, especially her son, who is also having to deal with a whole new background.

A gripping nonfiction work by an exception writer.

Highly recommended.

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