Innocents and Others

Dana Spiotta

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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.

In the media
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