Innocents and Others

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Innocents and Others

By Dana Spiotta

Scribner Book Company, Hardcover, 9781501122729, 288pp.

Publication Date: March 8, 2016

From a major, unnervingly intelligent writer (Joy Williams) rich, funny, learned, and tonally fresh (Jeffrey Eugenides), comes a novel about aspiration, film, work, and love.
Dana Spiotta's new novel is about two women, best friends, who grow up in LA in the 80s and become filmmakers. Meadow and Carrie have everything in common except their views on sex, power, movie-making, and morality. Their lives collide with Jelly, a loner whose most intimate experience is on the phone. Jelly is older, erotic, and mysterious. She cold calls powerful men and seduces them not through sex but through listening. She invites them to reveal themselves, and they do.
Spiotta is a wonderfully gifted writer with an uncanny feel for the absurdities and sadnesses of contemporary life, and an unerring ear for how people talk and try to cope today ("The New York Times"). "Innocents and Others" is her greatest novel wise, artful, and beautiful.

About the Author
Dana Spiotta is the author of "Stone Arabia", A National Books Critics Circle Award finalist, and "Eat the Document", a finalist for the National Book Award. Spiotta is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize for Literature. She lives in Syracuse, New York.

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016

Dana Spiotta's new novel centers on a friendship between two female filmmakers. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it an uncanny work, whose characters and ideas linger "long after the story is over." More at

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