In 2016, on a whim, bestselling author Dani Shapiro submitted her DNA for analysis through a genealogy website. She was soon shocked to learn that the man who raised her was not her biological father. Everything she had grown up believing about her own identity was mistaken. Hear from Dani as she talks with ABC Radio’s Sarah Macdonald about her lyrical, psychologically astute memoir, Inheritance, praised by Jennifer Egan as a “a gripping genetic detective story and a meditation on the meaning of parenthood and family”.

Dani Shapiro is supported by Kathy and Greg Shand.

Dani Shapiro (International)

Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro is the author of the instant New York Times bestselling memoir Inheritance. Her other books include the memoirs Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Along with teaching writing workshops around the world, Dani has taught at Columbia and New York University, and is the Co-Founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. In 2019, Dani launched an original podcast, Family Secrets, in collaboration with iHeartMedia. An iTunes Top 10 podcast, the series features stories from guests who – like Dani – have uncovered life-altering and long-hidden secrets from their families’ past. She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Sarah Macdonald (Australian)

Sarah Macdonald

Sarah Macdonald is a broadcaster and writer. She currently presents The Evening Show on ABC Radio Sydney, NSW and Canberra. Her best selling travel memoir Holy Cow has been translated into several languages and is still one of the travel bibles of India. Her latest book is So...You’re Having a Teenager: An A-Z of adolescence. Sarah also co-presents the Full Catastrophe a storytelling event and podcast.