In home DNA kits are all the rage these days. Whether they are used for serious genealogy research or just to satisfy one’s curiosity about their family’s past, millions have taken these tests. But what happens when the DNA tests reveal that the person you have referred to as Mom or Dad are not your parents?
This is the basic narrative in writer Dani Shapiro‘s new memoir, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love. In 2016, Ms. Shapiro decided on a whim to take a DNA test. She was shocked to discover that the man she knew as her father was not her biological father. This revelation led Ms. Shapiro on a journey to uncover decades old family secrets, the identity of her biological father and most importantly, her own identity in the process.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I enjoyed reading it because it was thrilling to read. It starts with a huge question hanging over the reader’s head and does not let go until the final page.
I recommend it.