Wow. I can almost stop right there with my review. I finished this book in two days, and can honestly say that never have I read a book that I would immediately recommend to anyone and everyone. This book was so incredibly personal and touching, I almost felt like I was invading the author’s privacy. I walked through each discovery and emotional roller coaster along with her. I cried and wanted to help. And I learned so so so much from this book.
Ok- so if you don’t know what this book is about- Dani Shapiro (who I love from reading “Hourglass” actually in this group last year) sends her DNA sample to Ancestry.com and learns that her father is not her biological father. I really don’t want to give away the story, but the journey that she goes on is not just personal, but also spiritual, cultural and political.
What a fine piece of writing this is. And it encouraged me to explore my own history- how my parents, their lives, our family tree are such an integral part of my identity. I don’t think about these things often, but right now they are front and center in my mind. I want to learn more about myself, my family and place the pieces together in the cultural framework that I have grown up with.
Lastly, I will say- I felt this in “Hourglass” as well – I have some kind of weird cosmic connection to this writer, Dani Shapiro. Her work just makes complete sense to me, the way she writes is so similar to the way I think, reading her is like taking a long walk with a good friend.
I highly recommend this book.