Innocents and Others
‘Spiotta is a wonder.’ – George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo
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. The fallout from this challenges their friendship like nothing before.
Heart-breaking and insightful, Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta is an astonishing novel about friendship, identity, loneliness and art.
A wondrous and mysterious novel, a spectacular and subtle meditation on sight and sound . . . brilliant, and erotic, and pop
Rachel Kushner, author of The Flamethrowers
A literary marvel . . . As Don DeLillo did for rock and roll with Great Jones Street, so Spiotta does for film . . . Her aim is nothing less than redemption, and she delivers
Mary Karr, author of The Liars’ Club
A fine novel . . . flawless and epic
Joshua Ferris, author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour