“I think I’m just a storyteller, and I came to be liberated by really knowing my own story. Finally, after a lifetime of going, ‘Wait, I don’t get it. How am I me? I don’t understand how I’m me. It actually doesn’t make sense.’ And then it did finally make sense, and that was hugely liberating,” said Dani Shapiro, author of the hugely successful memoirs Slow MotionDevotionHourglass, and Inheritance. In her first work of fiction in fifteen years, Signal Fires, she returns to the form that launched her career; a riveting, deeply felt novel that examines the ties that bind families together and the secrets that can break them apart.

On this episode of The Literary Life, Dani Shapiro joins Mitchell Kaplan for a candid conversation about the novel that she put away for ten years. Signal Fires is available at Books & Books, where this episode was recorded.

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