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									Dani ShapiroDani Shapiro
Dani Shapiro's honest, thought-provoking books -- from the bestselling memoir Slow Motion to stirring domestic dramas like Family History -- illuminate the meaning behind the seemingly everyday trials of "normal" lives. The Los Angeles Times touts her talents as an "abundantly emotional writer with a deep understanding of life’s banal blessings."

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Fact File

Dani Shapiro
Current Home:
Bethlehem, Connecticut
Date of Birth:
April 10, 1962
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1987, M.F.A., 1989

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Published Works

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								Family History: A Novel, Author: 
								Dani Shapiro.

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Family History: A Novel
by Dani Shapiro
Shapiro's latest novel tells the story of Rachel Jensen -- a happily married artist and mother. But as Rachel discovers, perfection can unravel in an instant. The summer her daughter Kate turns thirteen, she becomes angry and withdrawn. And when Kate's guilt over a terrifying accident with her infant brother causes her to tell a shattering lie, the family finds itself in a complicated downward spiral....

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								Slow Motion, Author: 
								Dani Shapiro.
*  Playing with Fire (1990)
*  Fugitive Blue (1993)
*  Picturing the Wreck (1996)
*  Slow Motion (1998)
*  Family History: A Novel (2004)

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Advice for the Aspiring

In our exclusive interview with Shapiro, we asked her what advice she'd give to aspiring writers. "I once had a student who studied the bestseller list and tried to write a bestseller," Shapiro recalls. "The work was awful. Once she turned to what truly mattered to her, she wrote a lovely first novel that was published and published well. Self-consciousness is the enemy of the writer."

An Early Inspiration

Favorite Writers & Reads

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								Madame Bovary, Author: 
								Gustave Flaubert, Mildred Marmur (Translator).

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Madame Bovary
by Gustave Flaubert, Mildred Marmur (Translator)
Shapiro told us that she once took a course in 19th-century literature that changed her life as a writer. A favorite assignment: Flaubert's Madame Bovary. "I read it three or four times, and it also led me to read about 19th Century French history in order to understand the political and social factors that might have been influencing Flaubert," she explains.

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								Cat's Eye, Author: 
								Margaret Atwood.

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Cat's Eye
by Margaret Atwood
When we asked Shapiro to share some of her favorite books with us, she mentioned Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye, calling it "a beautiful novel about girlhood friendship -- a subject which fascinates me. My favorite of all of Atwood’s novels." Read our interview with Shapiro to learn more about her best-loved books, including:

*Daniel Deronda  by George Eliot
*Mrs. Dalloway  by Virginia Woolf
*Lolita  by Vladimir Nabokov
*Revolutionary Road  by Richard Yates
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