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Innocents and Others

3.49 based on 1651 ratings & 306 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

07 September 17
9781509839148
288
£8.99
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Synopsis

Meadow Mori and Carrie Wexler grew up together in Los Angeles, and both became film-makers.

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 cold-call and seduce powerful men over the phone - not through sex, but through listening - becomes the subject of one of Meadow's documentaries. Her downfall, and what makes her so extraordinarily moving, is that she pretends to be someone she is not.

Heart-breaking and insightful, Innocents and Others is an astonishing novel about friendship, identity, loneliness and art.

In the media

Every sentence is full of information and verve, jumping with thoughtfulness and precision and, like that flash of white teeth, the unexpected...this sophisticated literary construct of a book has us unpacking meaning as fast as we turn the pages.
Guardian
Masterful, a novel as elegant and audacious as it is absorbing and complex. For the closer we move to the truth of her characters and their dilemmas, the clearer it ­becomes that truth is both immense and provisional, the understandings it offers startling and elusive.
The Australian
It's difficult not to descend into hyperbole talking about Spiotta's work . . . it's rare to find a novel that is so much fun and, at the same time, seeks emotional truth with such intellectual rigor
LA Times