Signal Fires

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Pub Date 18 Oct 2022 | Archive Date Not set

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Dear NetGalley Reader,

Dani Shapiro’s work as a novelist and memoirist has explored familial love and the inevitability of loss, lives shaped by myths and false narratives, and the kaleidoscopic intersection of time and memory. In Signal Fires, Dani’s first work of fiction in fifteen years and her most accomplished work to date, she returns to the form that launched her career with a stunning novel that examines the ties that bind families together and the secrets that can break them apart.

Signal Fires opens on a summer night in 1985. Three teenagers have been drinking. One of them gets behind the wheel of a car, and, in an instant, everything on Division Street changes. Each of their lives, and that of Ben Wilf, a young doctor who arrives on the scene, is shattered. For the Wilf family, the circumstances of that fatal accident will become the deepest kind of secret, one so dangerous it can never be spoken.

By the time the Shenkmans move in across the street—a young couple expecting a baby boy—the accident has become a distant memory. But when Waldo, the Shenkmans’ brilliant but lonely son, befriends Dr. Wilf, now retired and struggling with his wife’s decline, the lives of the two families become entwined, and past events come hurtling back to Division Street in ways no one could ever have foreseen.

Signal Fires is riveting, emotional, impossible to put down, a literary and commercial tour de force, and a work of haunting beauty and complexity by a masterful storyteller. I hope you share in my excitement for this novel. I cannot wait to read your review. 

Yours,

Jordan Pavlin

Editor-in-Chief

Alfred A. Knopf

Dear NetGalley Reader,

Dani Shapiro’s work as a novelist and memoirist has explored familial love and the inevitability of loss, lives shaped by myths and false narratives, and the kaleidoscopic...


Advance Praise

“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

“Signal Fires is a haunting, moving, and propulsive exploration of family secrets.” —Meg Wolitzer

“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

"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

“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

“Signal Fires is a haunting...


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