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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dani Shapiro Narrator: Dani Shapiro Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781524751746
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The best-selling novelist and memoirist delivers her most intimate and powerful work: a piercing, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory, about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential bonds, and about the accretion, over time, of both sorrow and love.

Hourglass is an inquiry into how marriage is transformed by time--abraded, strengthened, shaped in miraculous and sometimes terrifying ways by accident and experience. With courage and relentless honesty, Dani Shapiro opens the door to her house, her marriage, and her heart, and invites us to witness her own marital reckoning--a reckoning in which she confronts both the life she dreamed of and the life she made, and struggles to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become.
     What are the forces that shape our most elemental bonds? How do we make lifelong commitments in the face of identities that are continuously shifting, and commit ourselves for all time when the self is so often in flux? What happens to love in the face of the unexpected, in the face of disappointment and compromise--how do we wrest beauty from imperfection, find grace in the ordinary, desire what we have rather than what we lack? Drawing on literature, poetry, philosophy, and theology, Shapiro writes gloriously of the joys and challenges of matrimonial life, in a luminous narrative that unfurls with urgent immediacy and sharp intelligence. Artful, intensely emotional work from one of our finest writers.


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Quotes & Awards

  • “Writer Dani Shapiro performs her memoir with a meditative understated tone, giving the words themselves more focus than her performance…As a narrator and a writer, Shapiro approaches sorrows, joys, and everyday life as equals..Honest and engaging, this literary memoir will resonate with many listeners.”

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  • “Brutal honesty is the bread and butter of the marriage memoir, yet Shapiro still manages to make her husband sound quirky and tenacious in the manner of the best romantic comedy leads. And her prose has a way of making even mundane disappointments feel portentous and universal.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A clear-eyed inspection of the slow cracks certain to develop in a long marriage…not bad advice from Shapiro about how to pace oneself in a relationship that’s hoping to go the distance.”

    NPR

  • "[Shapiro] has never written anything as raw, dark, or brave as Hourglass…a penetrating meditation.’’

    Boston Globe

  • “A meditation that’s intimate, wide-ranging, funny, and smart.”

    Portland Press Herald

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About the Author
Author Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro is the author of four memoirs and several novels. Her writing has appeared in such publications as the New Yorker, Granta, Elle, Vogue, and O, The Oprah Magazine, and she is a contributing editor at Condé Nast Traveler. She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, New York University, The New School, and Wesleyan University, and she is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy.