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Dani Shapiro Memoir

A friend used to tell me, “Life is a process, not a product.” Goal oriented, I found this difficult to embrace, but he was right. It is a concept plumbed eloquently in Dani Shapiro’s new memoir, Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage, a memoir about marriage and memory, about the frailty and elasticity of personal bonds and about the accretion, over time, of both sorrow and love.

In her memoir, Shapiro, who makes her home in Litchfield County, explores the mystery of how we make lifelong commitments—often at an age when we are still personally amorphous—and then maintain them as we continuously shift and grow, shedding one identity and supplanting it with another world view. How do our relationships survive life’s disappointments, demands and delusions?

Shapiro draws on literature, poetry, philosophy and theology to write of the joys and challenges of matrimonial life, in a narrative that demonstrates her “finely tuned, poetic skills as a writer,” according to Kirkus Reviews.”

Shapiro, author of three other memoirs, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion, as well as five novels, will sign her latest book at The Hickory Stick Bookshop on Saturday, April 15th at 4PM. The event is free and open to the public. Those unable to attend can reserve a signed copy by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington CT at 860-868-0525. For further information, visit the link below or e-mail