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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dana Spiotta Narrator: January LaVoy Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2016 ISBN: 9781508214038
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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” (New York Times). Innocents and Others is her greatest novel—wise, artful, and beautiful.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What a thrilling ride. And what a delight to be at the receiving end of so much virtuosic caring. A daring and beautiful meditation about selfishness and selflessness, and how to be in the world. A powerful book that will stay with me and continue to speak to me for a long time. Spiotta is a wonder.”

    George Saunders, author of Tenth of December

  • “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: Innocents and Others, like classic JLG,is brilliant, and erotic, and pop.”

    Rachel Kushner, author of The Flamethrowers and Telex from Cuba

  • “Two girls meet and become friends in the 1980s, drawn together by their shared love of film. Narrator January LaVoy’s low-key style perfectly fits this somber story…The book’s dark, deep insights into filmmaking are a slow reveal, masterfully played out in LaVoy’s rich, quiet voice and deliberate pacing. Her presentation is reminiscent of someone reluctantly revealing a painful secret.”


  • A Flavorwire Pick for the 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2016
  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for Best Books of March 2016
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
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About the Author
Author Dana Spiotta

Dana Spiotta is the author of Lightning Field, a New York Times Notable Book; Stone Arabia, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; and Eat the Document, a finalist for the National Book Award. She was recently awarded the John Updike Award. She lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband and daughter.

About the Narrator

January LaVoy, winner of numerous Earphones Awards for narration, is an American actress best known for her character Noelle Ortiz on the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live. In addition to working extensively in narration and television, including roles on Law & Order and All My Children, she has worked on and off Broadway as well as in regional theater.