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From one of the most gifted writers of her generation comes the harrowing and exqui-sitely written true story of how a family tragedy saved her life. Dani Shapiro was a young girl from a deeply religious home who became the girlfriend of a famous and flamboyant married attorney--her best friend's stepfather. The moment Lenny Klein entered her life, everything changed: she dropped out of college, began to drink heavily, and became estranged from her family and friends. But then the phone call came. There had been an accident on a snowy road near her family's home in New Jersey, and both her parents lay hospitalized in critical condition. This haunting memoir traces her journey back into the world she had left behind. At a time when she was barely able to take care of herself, she was faced with the terrifying task of taking care of two people who needed her desperately.
         Dani Shapiro charts a riveting emotional course as she retraces her isolated, overprotected Orthodox Jewish childhood in an anti-Semitic suburb, and draws the connections between that childhood and her inevitable rebellion and self-destructiveness. She tells of a life nearly ruined by the gift of beauty, and then saved by the worst thing imaginable. This is a beautiful and unforgettable memoir of a life utterly transformed by tragedy.

Synopsis:

The dramatic, mesmerizing true story of a young woman who had strayed so far from her roots that it took a terrible accident to bring her home again.

At twenty-three, Dani Shapiro was a college dropout, a halfhearted actress, a heavy drinker, and the girlfriend of a powerful, married attorney. But then the phone call came: Her parents were critically injured; she had to race home. Once there, she was swept into an emotional journey — retracing her past as the isolated child of Orthodox Jewish parents in an anti-Semitic suburb. And she was forced to face why she was driven to rebellion, estrangement, and, almost inevitably, into a tortuous relationship with a seductive man who ushered her into a world totally different from her own. Barely able to take care of herself, Dani Shapiro, an only child, had to learn to take care of two people who needed her desperately. This is a beautifully written story of a life utterly transformed by tragedy.

About the Author

Dani Shapiro is the author of three acclaimed novels, Playing with Fire, Fugitive Blue, and Picturing the Wreck. She teaches in the creative writing program at Columbia University. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Vogue, and The New York Times Magazine. She lives with her husband in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679456315
Subtitle:
A True Story
Author:
Shapiro, Dani
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Psychological aspects
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
Novelists, American
Subject:
Shapiro, Dani
Subject:
Parents -- Death -- Psychological aspects.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Publication Date:
August 1998
Binding:
Trade Cloth
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
245
Dimensions:
8.58x5.95x1.07 in. .93 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The dramatic, mesmerizing true story of a young woman who had strayed so far from her roots that it took a terrible accident to bring her home again.

At twenty-three, Dani Shapiro was a college dropout, a halfhearted actress, a heavy drinker, and the girlfriend of a powerful, married attorney. But then the phone call came: Her parents were critically injured; she had to race home. Once there, she was swept into an emotional journey — retracing her past as the isolated child of Orthodox Jewish parents in an anti-Semitic suburb. And she was forced to face why she was driven to rebellion, estrangement, and, almost inevitably, into a tortuous relationship with a seductive man who ushered her into a world totally different from her own. Barely able to take care of herself, Dani Shapiro, an only child, had to learn to take care of two people who needed her desperately. This is a beautifully written story of a life utterly transformed by tragedy.

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