Devotion: A Memoir (Hardcover)

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“Dani Shapiro's new memoir, Devotion, is a book to read, savor, and read again. It is the story of her inner journey as she tries to answer the fundamental questions of what makes a meaningful life. Both very personal and yet universal, Shapiro discusses her own Orthodox Jewish roots, her father's early death, her troubled relationship with her mother, and her subsequent exploration of her own beliefs as her young son raises questions for which she does not feel she has adequate answers. This books is a real keeper.”
— Fran Keilty, Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot, CT

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"Devotion's biggest triumph is its voice: funny and unpretentious, concrete and earthy--appealing to skeptics and believers alike. This is a gripping, beautiful story." --Jennifer Egan, author of The Keep

"I was immensely moved by this elegant book." --Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

Dani Shapiro, the acclaimed author of the novel Black and White and the bestselling memoir Slow Motion, is back with Devotion a searching and timeless new memoir that examines the fundamental questions that wake women in the middle of the night, and grapples with the ways faith, prayer, and devotion affect everyday life. Devotion is sure to appeal to all those dealing with the trials and tribulations of what Carl Jung called "the afternoon of life."

Praise For…


“Brave, compelling, unexpectedly witty. . . . Stunningly intimate journey. . . . Thanks to Shapiro’s excruciatingly honest self-examination and crystal clear, lyrical writing, the journey—as secular swami Steve Jobs once famously said—is indeed the reward.”
-People (4 out of 4 stars)

“The one book that anyone over, say, 35 needs to read right now.”
-Jesse Kornbluth, Huffington Post

“I was immensely moved by this elegant book, which reminded me all over again that all of us-at some point or another-must buck up our courage and face down the big spiritual questions of life, death, love, loss and surrender.”
-Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

“Dani Shapiro takes readers on an intense journey in search of meaning and peace. Her story of hope is eloquently told and unflinchingly honest.”
-Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass CastleJeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle

“Dani Shapiro’s novels and nonfiction are always rich in honesty and intelligence, about the psyche and lost hearts and families, about messes and shame and what calls us to transcend.”
-Anne Lamott, author of Grace (Eventually)

“This is a beautiful, wry and moving story about one intelligent woman’s journey into her own life, to the corners where intelligence doesn’t always help.”
-Amy Bloom, author of Away

“I was on the verge of tears more than once in the course of Dani Shapiro’s impeccably structured spiritual odyssey. But Devotion’s biggest triumph is its voice: funny and unpretentious, concrete and earthy-appealing to skeptics and believers alike. This is a gripping, beautiful story.”
-Jennifer Egan, author of The Keep

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061628344
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: February 1st, 2010
Pages: 256