Devotion: A Memoir

Version: Unabridged
Author: Dani Shapiro
Narrator: Dani Shapiro
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: February 2014
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

A poignant memoir by acclaimed author Dani Shapiro

In her mid-forties and settled into the responsibilities and routines of adulthood, Dani Shapiro found herself with more questions than answers. Was this all life was a hodgepodge of errands, dinner dates, e-mails, meetings, to-do lists? What did it all mean?

Despite having grown up in a deeply religious and traditional family, Shapiro had no personal sense of faith, despite repeated attempts to create a connection to something greater. Feeling as if she was plunging headlong into what Carl Jung termed the afternoon of life, she wrestled with self-doubt and a searing disquietude that would awaken her in the middle of the night. Set adrift by loss her father s early death, the life-threatening illness of her infant son, her troubled relationship with her mother she had become edgy and uncertain. At the heart of this anxiety, she realized, was a challenge: What did she believe? Spurred on by the big questions her young son began to raise, Shapiro embarked upon a surprisingly joyful quest to find meaning in a constantly changing world. The result is "Devotion," a literary excavation to the core of a life.

In this spiritual detective story, Shapiro explores the varieties of experience she has pursued from the rituals of her black-hat Orthodox Jewish relatives to yoga and meditation retreats. A reckoning of the choices she has made and the knowledge she has gained, "Devotion "is the story of a woman whose search for meaning ultimately leads her home. Her journey is at once poignant and funny, intensely personal and completely universal.

Author Details

Author Details

Shapiro, Dani

Dani Shapiro is the author of six books, including the novels "Black & White" and "Family History, "and the bestselling memoir "Slow Motion". Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Ploughshares, One Story, and have been widely anthologized. She is Director of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. She lives in Connecticut.