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Dani Shapiro: Signal Fires

(Fiction, 240 pp. 2022)

Shapiro’s novel explores the fluidity, confusion, and endurance of memory, and the cost of secrets and repressed guilt on family relationships. Anguish erupts within the first pages after three drunken teens make the fateful decision to drive. The ensuing crash propels a doctor to the scene from his adjacent home; his children and their friend are in the car. The crisis and its secrets suffuse the family’s internal dynamics and their relationships with others. Decades later, long after his children have moved away, the father’s late-night neighborhood encounters with a stargazing child establish an abiding bond and reveal  intermingled fates across time and space.

Winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction

Discussion Questions from the publisher, Alfred A. Knopf

Review by Marion Winick, The Washington Post, Oct. 13, 2022

Review from Kirkus Reviews, Oct. 18, 2022

Review by Amy Spungen, Jewish Book Council, Oct. 16, 2022

Review by Sarah McCraw Crow, BookPage, Oct. 18, 2022

Review by Harvey Freedenberg, Book Reporter, Oct. 21, 2022

Author Interview, “Ten Questions for Dani Shapiro,” Poets&Writers, Oct. 18, 2022

Author Interview with Seija Rankin, Entertainment Weekly, Oct. 27, 2022

Author Interview with Scott Simon, NPR, Oct. 22, 2022

Author Interview with Bethanee Patrick, The Los Angeles Times, Oct. 12, 2022

Author Interview with Emma Levy, The Seattle Times, Nov. 8, 2022