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Dana Spiotta

Dana Spiotta is the author of the novels Innocents and Others, which was published by Scribner in 2016; Stone Arabia (2011), which was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in fiction; Eat the Document (2006), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a recipient of the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and Lightning Field (2001). Spiotta was a Guggenheim Fellow, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, and won the 2008-9 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. She lives in Syracuse with her daughter Agnes and teaches in the Syracuse University MFA program.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   Lightning Field (2001)
   Eat the Document (2006)
   Stone Arabia (2011)
   Innocents and Others (2016)
   Wayward (2021)
Books containing stories by Dana Spiotta
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016 (2016)
(Best American Nonrequired Reading)
edited by
Rachel Kushner

Award nominations
2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction (nominee) : Innocents and Others
2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction (nominee) : Stone Arabia
2006 National Book Award for Fiction (shortlist) : Eat the Document

Dana Spiotta recommends
Memory Piece (2024)
Lisa Ko
"Dazzlingly inventive and knowing, Memory Piece is a bold and affecting novel about resistance, solidarity, and friendship."
Hard Girls (2024)
(Jane and Lila Pool, book 1)
J Robert Lennon
"Hard Girls is a rollicking read, an immersive, funny, consequential family story that is also a thriller. Lennon is a master of plot and suspense, but he's also wonderful at creating indelible characters, particularly the wild twins at the heart of this story. Hard Girls deftly evokes complex family dynamics: the tense innocence and precocity of adolescence as well as the poignant, hard reckoning of parenthood."
Last Acts (2024)
Alexander Sammartino
"Last Acts is an astonishingly strong debut, big hearted and hilarious. I swear every sentence in this novel is glorious. Sammartino writes like a millennial Don DeLillo... Rizzo is a singular and great American character: a tender-but-obtuse father, a confidence man with no confidence, a charismatic loser with a voice you can't help but love."

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