Innocents and Others (Hardcover)

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Everything Dana Spiotta writes is a must read because she brilliantly captures every place, time period, and character she writes. In this novel, two best friends, Carrie and Meadow, grow up in LA in the 80s and become filmmakers.  They are unlikely friends since their views on sex, power, movie-making, and morality vary wildly. Eventually, their stories converge with Jelly, a shut-in who cold calls powerful men and seduces them by listening to their most intimate thoughts. You won't regret reading this book and you'll most certainly follow this read with Eat the Document and Stone Arabia. --Nicole

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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.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781501122729
ISBN-10: 150112272X
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publication Date: March 8th, 2016
Pages: 288
Language: English