Author Dani Shapiro joins host Kira Dineen to discuss her instant New York Times best selling memoir, Inheritance, which is being adapted into a film. Her other books include the memoirs Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. She teaches writing workshops around the world, including Columbia, New York University, and the Sirenland Writers Conference in Italy.
Dani is a fellow podcaster in collaboration with iHeartMedia to host Family Secrets. An Apple Top 10 podcast, the series features stories from guests who—like Dani— have uncovered life-altering and long-hidden secrets from their families’ past. Her show is also being adapted to the screen! She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.
On This Episode We Discuss:
Premise of her memoir Inheritance
Understanding DTC (Ancestry/23andMe) test results using GEDmatch
First reaction to finding out her father was not her biological father
Discussing non paternity with family and friends
Tools and methods to track down her biological father
Approach to contacting her biological father
Egg/sperm donation in the 1960s
Altering family health history
Advice for those considering DTC testing
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