Dana Spiotta

Dana Spiotta

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Scribner published Dana Spiotta’s first novel, Lightning Field, in 2001. The New York Times called it “the debut of 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.” It was a New York Times Notable Book of the year, and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the West.

Her second novel, Eat the Document, was published in 2006 by Scribner. It was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award and a recipient of the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Michiko Kakutani wrote in her review in The New York Times that Eat The Document was “stunning” and described it as “a book that possesses the staccat...more

Average rating: 3.39 · 3,385 ratings · 604 reviews · 4 distinct works · Similar authors
Stone Arabia
3.32 of 5 stars 3.32 avg rating — 1,900 ratings — published 2011 — 11 editions
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Eat the Document
3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 1,297 ratings — published 2006 — 13 editions
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Lightning Field
3.11 of 5 stars 3.11 avg rating — 187 ratings — published 2001 — 11 editions
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“The issue isn't, Am I good enough? No. The issue is, Do I not have any other choice? Will and desire don't matter. Ability doesn't matter. Need is the only thing that matters.”
Dana Spiotta, Stone Arabia

“Do you need an audience to create work, or does not having an audience liberate you and make you a truer artist?”
Dana Spiotta, Stone Arabia

“I wondered if my life was going to be one immersion after another, a great march of shallow, unpopular popular culture infatuations that don't really last and don't really mean anything. Sometimes I even think maybe my deepest obsessions are just random manifestations of my loneliness or isolation. Maybe I infuse ordinary experience with a kind of sacred aura to mitigate the spiritual vapidity of my life....no, it is beautiful to be enraptured. To be enthralled by something, anything. And it isn't random. It speaks to you for a reason. If you wanted to, you could look at it that way, and you might find you aren't wasting your life. You are discovering things about yourself and the world, even if it is just what you find beautiful, right now, this second.”
Dana Spiotta, Eat the Document

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