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Innocents and Others (Hardcover)

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"While its cover hints at its sensuality, don’t let the flowered sheets mislead you—Innocents and Others is a bold novel of subversive characters and eccentric technologies. Beginning in 1980s L.A., it follows Meadow and Carrie, best friends who grow up to be successful filmmakers (of very different varieties), and one of their sad and seductive subjects. Through episodes that include phone-phreaking, proto-catfishing, and a possible affair with Orson Welles, Spiotta uses the language and history of cinema for an exploration of sight and sound, reality and illusion."

— Kaitlyn



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