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Innocents and Others: A Novel
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From Dana Spiotta, the author of Wayward, Eat the Document, and Stone Arabia, "A brilliant novel...about female friendship, the limits of love and work, and costs of claiming your right to celebrate your triumphs and own your mistakes" (Elle).
Innocents and Others is about two women 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 friendship is complicated, but their devotion to each other trumps their wildly different approaches to film and to life. Meadow was always the more idealistic and brainy of the two; Carrie was more pragmatic. Into their lives comes Jelly, a master of seduction who calls powerful men and seduces them not with sex, but by being a superior listener. All of these women grapple with the question of how to be good: a good lover, a good friend, a good mother, a good artist.

A startlingly acute observer of the way we live now, Dana Spiotta "has created a new kind of great American novel" (The New York Times Magazine). "Impossible to put down" (Marie Claire), Innocents and Others is "a sexy, painfully insightful, and strangely redemptive novel about the ways we misread one another—with an ending that comes at you like a truck around a blind curve and stays with you for much, much longer" (Esquire).
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      • content: 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. As the young women become filmmakers, each takes a different road--one, a purist, creates controversial documentaries, and the other, who is more commercially minded, makes financially successful movies. As their careers and personal lives weave together over the years, they're also touched by two other women's life choices. All of them find there are hard lessons to be learned and high costs to be paid in pursuing their dreams. 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.C.P. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine
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