Innocents and Others

Innocents and Others

A Novel

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2016.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501122729
150112272X
Branch Call Number: SPIOTTA
Characteristics: 279 pages ; 24 cm

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This is a fine match for themes in Swing Time. "These books are Thought-provoking, Moving, and Character-driven, and they share: the genre 'Literary fiction' and the subject 'Female friendship'. Characters are: Complex." -NoveList

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LPL_DirectorBrad Mar 10, 2016

Books I really like tend to escape my ability to describe what I find so great about them. This is one of those books. Let me give it a try. Dana Spiotta writes books that are almost exactly what I want to read. She blends fictional characters into known cultural history so well. It is really har... Read More »


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Sep 10, 2017

It takes a few pages to get used to the jumping chapters of characters and events. The events within a friendship of two girls are cleverly done. We see how their friendship evolves and fades, the secret feelings of jealousy. Intriguing if not new the self examination after an accident. Who is the innocent and who is the other? Good title.

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Reebs73
May 10, 2016

One of the first novels I've read that devotes itself to giving the details of a woman artist at work. Meadow is a documentary filmmaker and we read a lot about her influences and her process. I would have liked it to have had a more unifying ending but ultimately decided it was more a book of relationships and ideas and the plot was secondary. The opening chapter - an essay written by Meadow and posted online, complete with comments - is one of the best things I've read this year.

LPL_DirectorBrad Mar 10, 2016

Books I really like tend to escape my ability to describe what I find so great about them. This is one of those books. Let me give it a try. Dana Spiotta writes books that are almost exactly what I want to read. She blends fictional characters into known cultural history so well. It is really hard to write well about film and music in fiction. Here she introduces characters into our known world and creates fictional films that thread themselves into that history. I also love how Spiotta writes about sound. The portions of the book on phreaking and old phone technology is fascinating. Thank you, Ms. Spiotta for another great novel!

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