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“Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love”

By Dani Shapiro

249 pages. Alfred A. Knopf. $24.95.

“You may discover things about yourself and/or your family members that may be upsetting,” warns the boilerplate legal language at, the website of a company that analyzes samples from DNA testing kits. Spitting into one of those test tubes a few years ago, I felt as if I were perched on the edge of a void: Here was a moment when all the veils had the potential to fall. At the time, my greatest fear was that I might

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