Book review: Innocents And Others

Filmakers Carrie and Meadow are lifelong friends, despite making very different films and living very different lives. 

Dana Spiotta

Picador, £14.99;

ebook, £8.96

Meadow — a character reminiscent of Jenna from Lena Dunham’s Girls — makes dark, art-house documentaries while sleeping with gorgeous men. 

Carrie makes comedies for women — more commercial, more stable and more reflective of her life — settled, married, happy. 

This novel about their relationship, the fourth by writer Dana Spiotta, flits between the two characters’ lives. 

But interspersed throughout is the story of Amy, also known as Nicole or Jelly — a telemarketer suffering temporary blindness. 

She’s addicted to catfishing Hollywood’s finest screenwriters, directors and film composers — massaging egos — but only ever on the phone.

Although the pace of the novel can be slow, and in parts the descriptions of film technique too in-depth, it’s a beautifully observed portrait of insecurity, loneliness and friendship.


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