Innocents and Others
Meadow Mori and Carrie Wexler grew up together in Los Angeles, and both became filmmakers. Meadow makes challenging documentaries; Carrie makes successful feature films with a feminist slant. The two friends have everything in common--except their views on sex, power, movie-making, and morality. And yet their loyalty trumps their different approaches to film and to life. Until, one day, a mysterious woman with a unique ability to enthral men over the phone becomes the subject of one of Meadow's documentaries, and throws everything into jeopardy. Heart-breaking and insightful, Innocents and Others is an extraordinary novel about friendship, filmmaking, loneliness and art.
A "thrillingly complex and emotionally astute" novel about aspiration, film, work, and love.
A wonderfully gifted writer with an uncanny feel for the absurdities and sadnesses of contemporary life -- Michiko Kakutani New York Times A thrillingly complex and emotionally astute novel about fame, power, and alienation steeped in a dark eroticism and a particularly American kind of loneliness Vanity Fair A literary marvel ... As Don DeLillo did for rock and roll with Great Jones St., so Spiotta does for film...Her aim is nothing less than redemption, and she delivers -- Mary Karr, author of The Liars' Club Dana Spiotta is one of my favorite living writers and in this wondrous and mysterious novel, a spectacular and subtle meditation on sight and sound, she seems almost to channel Jean-Luc Godard... brilliant, and erotic, and pop -- Rachel Kushner, author of The Flamethrowers A fine novel... flawless and epic -- Joshua Ferris, author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour A daring and beautiful meditation about selfishness and selflessness, and how to be in the world. A powerful book that will stay with me and continue to speak to me for a long time. Spiotta is a wonder -- George Saunders, author of Tenth of December The brilliant Dana Spiotta had me from page one --a lithely intelligent, moving inquiry into the mysterious compositions of art and friendships -- Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins
Dana Spiotta is the author of Stone Arabia, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Eat the Document, a finalist for the National Book Award; and Lightning Field. Spiotta received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellow-ship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and the Rome Prize for Literature. Her work has been pub-lished by the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and the New York Times Book Review. She teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.