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“Throughout history, great philosophical minds have grappled with the nature of identity. What makes a person a person? What combination of memory, history, imagination, experience, subjectivity, genetic substance, and that ineffable thing called the soul makes us who we are? Is who we are the same as who we believe ourselves to be?” My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my third and my favorite of Dani Shapiro's books. Her other two books were eloquent and profound, but this book seems to tie in all that seemed to haunt her throughout her life, all that drove her to memoir in the first place.

I could not put this book down. There is a real element of suspense in it and while I don't want to give anything away, that alone sets it apart from other memoirs. There is also the feeling that Shapiro has found an answer that she didn't know she was looking for and in that, there is a gratification. While this gratification is certainly not without pain, this is a story of a life becoming more whole.

I am drawn to any kind of nonfiction related to family and relationships and this story especially hit some emotional chords for me. I am grateful for her courage and fluency in her storytelling.

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