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Signal Fires

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Signal Fires by Dani Shapiro
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Oct 18, 2022 | ISBN 9780593534724

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A TIME Best Book of the Year • A Washington Post Notable Work of Fiction • A Real Simple Best Book of the Year • An NPR Favorite Book of the Year by Maureen Corrigan

ONE OF MOST EAGERLY ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF THE YEAR: L.A. Times, TIME, Vanity Fair, LitHub, The Millions


“Powerful work that delves into the consequences of a long-hidden lie . . . Signal Fires doesn’t shy away from loss but seeks to balance grief with grace. Shapiro’s novel offers the comfort of a view from the stars.”The Washington Post

“[Shapiro] is adept at juxtaposing the magical (not magical realism) and the modern, showing how locations can be the same and not the same, and that a place can be right for some and not for others but that life can still turn out all right . . . Yes, Shapiro goes deep in Signal Fires, but it pays off. Her crisp prose propels the reader onward: I wanted to know what was going to happen to the characters and I was simultaneously fascinated by the metaphysics. It’s definitely a novel worth your time —whatever your sense of that is.”Minneapolis Star Tribune

“In this meditative portrait of tragedy’s long-lasting effects, Shapiro, also a bestselling memoirist, peers into the decades that follow to find the passages, ideas and unexpected connections that gradually, somehow, heal.” —People

“Shapiro is one of the grand masters of family stories, and her first novel in 15 years further cements that status.” Good Housekeeping

Signal Fires is at its heart a family story, told in the gorgeous, evocative language [Shapiro] is known for.” —BookPage

“Lay­ered and fine­spun . . . It’s a testament to Shapiro’s abilities as a writer that we never feel whiplashed when being conveyed from one time period to another. Instead, the non­linear narrative immerses us in the five main characters’ most transformative moments . . . Ele­gant writ­ing, sup­port­ed by a clever plot, relat­able char­ac­ters, and brisk pac­ing.”Jewish Book Council

“[A] gorgeous new novel . . . The families’ lives intertwine in poignant ways, showing how relationships—between siblings, parents and children, spouses, even neighbors—change over time. Have your tissues ready.” Real Simple

Signal Fires is an exquisitely-written, propulsive drama . . . Shapiro instills all of her characters with a generous humanity . . . one of my top reads of the year.” —Elin Hilderbrand, author of 28 Summers

Signal Fires is an urgent and compassionate meditation on memory, time, and space. Shapiro has created a world that’s as wrenching as it is wondrous.” —Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being

Signal Fires cuts a gleaming window into our alternate lives so meticulously and gloriously that it is quite nearly a primer on how to live not only in the present, but in the past and future as well. Shapiro has crafted a stunning future classic.” —Lisa Taddeo, author of Three Women

Signal Fires is a haunting, moving, and propulsive exploration of family secrets.” —Meg Wolitzer, author of The Female Persuasion

“I don’t know of anyone who writes about family with the same generous understanding and gem-cut sentences as Dani Shapiro. Signal Fires confirms her as an artist of the highest order.” —Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

“Wise, deeply perceptive, suffused with light in spite of life’s darkness, Dani Shapiro’s Signal Fires is an amazing novel. Shapiro inhabits her characters with lucidity and compassion, and renders their ordinary lives transcendent.” —Claire Messud, author of The Woman Upstairs

Signal Fires could only be written by Dani Shapiro—and only now, when she’s undoubtedly at the height of her powers. One gets the sense this is the story she has been building toward all these years: a parabolic family drama about the way certain moments echo through time. I’ll never stop thinking about it.” —Mary Laura Philpott, author of I Miss You When I Blink

 “Gripping, unexpected, heartbreaking, and beautiful . . . Shapiro explores life’s terms in a profound way.” —Jamie Lee Curtis

“The celebrated memoirist returns to fiction with a lyrical and propulsive novel in which a horrific crash leaves a young woman dead and the driver’s family closing ranks around him. The secrets and cover-ups that result will haunt the family for generations to come, but it’s the richly drawn characters and moody atmospheric that make the book hard to put down.” Oprah Daily

“Stunning in depth and breadth, this luminous examination of loss and acceptance, furtiveness and reliability, abandonment and friendship ultimately blazes with profound revelations . . . Like creating an intricate origami puzzle, Shapiro folds together the events that define these lives over decades, focusing on specific interludes to divulge old secrets or bury new ones. Returning to fiction after touching readers with her courageous and probing memoirs, including Inheritance, Shapiro delivers keen perceptions about family dynamics via fictional characters that exude a rare combination of substance and delicacy.” Booklist [starred review]

“A beautiful exploration of the connections between two families and the reverberations from a teenager’s lie . . . Shapiro imagines in luminous prose how each of the characters’ lives might have gone if things had turned out differently.”Publishers Weekly

“[Shapiro’s] well-developed characters and their interesting careers seal the deal.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Acclaimed novelist/memoirist Shapiro (Inheritance) writes with compassion and a deep understanding of the damage that secrets wreak. Shapiro’s first novel in 15 years was well worth the wait.”Library Journal

“A beautiful exploration of the connections between two families and the reverberations from a teenager’s lie . . . Shapiro imagines in luminous prose how each of the characters’ lives might have gone if things had turned out differently . . . an intriguing meditation.” Publishers Weekly

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