Slow Motion: A Memoir of a Life Rescued by Tragedy (Paperback)

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Dani Shapiro is a twenty-something aspiring actress taking a rest in California when she hears: her parents have been in a car accident. It’s bad enough that her aunt and uncle refuse to give her details until she is back on the east coast. It’s bad enough she already knows this will be the moment that “divides [her] life into before and after.” But the first person Shapiro calls is not her best friend or her nonexistent siblings. It’s the married lawyer she’s been dating for the past four years. He arranges her trip back to New York and so begins Shapiro’s winding journey back home, to herself, and into a new life as a writer.


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“Chilling. . . . There is a gritty honesty to her cautionary confession that will alert others to listen for and respond to wake-up calls of their own.” — New York Times Book Review

Slow Motion is the critically-lauded bestselling memoir from acclaimed novelist Dani Shapiro (Black & White, Family History) — a “riveting” and “breathtaking” look (San Francisco Chronicle), free of self-pity or regret, at a life that was rescued by an unspeakable tragedy.

At twenty-three, Dani Shapiro was in the midst of a major rebellion against her religious upbringing. She had dropped out of college, was halfheartedly acting in television commercials, and was carrying on with an older married man when her life was changed, in an instant, by a phone call. Her parents had been in a devastating car accident. Neither was expected to survive. In her first memoir, Shapiro offers this powerful true story of a life turned around—not by miracles or happy endings, but by unexpected personal catastrophe.

About the Author

Dani Shapiro is the author of the novels Black & White and Family History and the bestselling memoir Slow Motion. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Elle, Vogue, O, and other publications.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061826696
ISBN-10: 0061826693
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: January 26th, 2010
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: P.S.