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In the sibling relationship, "there are no first impressions, no seductions, no getting to know each other," says Denise Kranis. For Denise and her brother, Nik, now in their forties, no relationship is more significant. They grew up in Los Angeles in the late seventies and early eighties. Nik was always the artist, always wrote music, always had a band. Now he makes his art in private, obsessively documenting the work but never testing it in the world. Denise remains Nik's most passionate and acute audience; she is also the crucial support for Nik and for their aging mother, whose dementia seems to threaten her own memory. When Denise's daughter, Ada, decides to make a film about Nik, everyone's vulnerabilities escalate.

In Stone Arabia, Dana Spiotta "explores the inner workings of celebrity, family, and other modern-day mythologies" (Vogue).

Review:

"Added to the brilliant glitter of Ms. Spiotta's earlier work...is something deeper and sadder: not just alienation, but a hard-won awareness of mortality and passing time... both a clever meditation on the feedback loop between life and art, and a moving portrait of a brother and sister, whose wild youth on the margins of the rock scene has given way to the disillusionments and vexations of middle age." Michiko Kakutani, the New York Times

Review:

"Is there a more electrifying novelist working than Dana Spiotta?...[Stone Arabia] makes for a sharp character study: A portrait of the artist as middle-aged never-was. Yet Spiotta's genius is to recognize that Nik's journey is representative not just for his sister or his mother but for every one of us." David Ulin, LA Times

Review:

"I read Stone Arabia avidly and with awe. The language of it, the whole Gnostic hipness of it is absolutely riveting. It comes together in the most artful, surprising, insistent, satisfying way. Dana Spiotta is a major, unnervingly intelligent writer." Joy Williams, author of The Quick and the Dead

Review:

"Fascinating...resonant...what's most remarkable about Stone Arabia is the way Spiotta explores such broad, endemic social ills in the small, peculiar lives of these sad siblings. Her reflections on the precarious nature of modern life are witty until they're really unsettling." Ron Charles, Washington Post

Review:

"Outstanding....Male American writers have talked about the incursion of the real into territory previously held by the novelist's capacity for invention; but who before Spiotta has written about reality's threat not to imagination but to memory itself?...An essential American writer." Jonathan Dee, Harper's magazine

Review:

"Transfixing....It's as though Nabokov had written a rock novel." Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Evocative, mysterious, incongruously poetic...gritty, intelligent, mordent, and deeply sad....Spiotta has created, in Stone Arabia, a work of visceral honesty and real beauty." Kate Christensen, the New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Dana Spiotta's stunning, virtuoso novel Stone Arabia plays out the A and B sides of a sibling bond." Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair

Review:

"A smart, subtle, moving story about the complicated business of knowing the people you love...a wild, sorrowful, rambling, deeply subjective, incandescently beautiful document." Matthew Sharpe, Bookforum

Review:

"Stone Arabia is a rock 'n' roll novel like no other. Where desire for legacy tangles with fantasy. And identity and memory are in and out of control. A loser's game of conceit, deceit, passion, love and the raw mystery of superstar desire." Thurston Moore

Review:

"Dana Spiotta's Stone Arabia is a dreamlike meditation on fame and success, technology and the imagination. The novel beautifully manifests Ms. Spiotta's gift for transforming her keen cultural intelligence into haunting, evocative prose." Jennifer Egan, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad

About the Author

Dana Spiotta is the author of Eat the Document, which was nominated for a National Book Award, and Lightning Field, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. She teaches in the MFA program at Syracuse University and lives in New York with her husband and daughter.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451617979
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Spiotta, Dana
Publisher:
Scribner
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120710
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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Product details 256 pages Scribner - English 9781451617979 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Added to the brilliant glitter of Ms. Spiotta's earlier work...is something deeper and sadder: not just alienation, but a hard-won awareness of mortality and passing time... both a clever meditation on the feedback loop between life and art, and a moving portrait of a brother and sister, whose wild youth on the margins of the rock scene has given way to the disillusionments and vexations of middle age."
"Review" by , "Is there a more electrifying novelist working than Dana Spiotta?...[Stone Arabia] makes for a sharp character study: A portrait of the artist as middle-aged never-was. Yet Spiotta's genius is to recognize that Nik's journey is representative not just for his sister or his mother but for every one of us."
"Review" by , "I read Stone Arabia avidly and with awe. The language of it, the whole Gnostic hipness of it is absolutely riveting. It comes together in the most artful, surprising, insistent, satisfying way. Dana Spiotta is a major, unnervingly intelligent writer."
"Review" by , "Fascinating...resonant...what's most remarkable about Stone Arabia is the way Spiotta explores such broad, endemic social ills in the small, peculiar lives of these sad siblings. Her reflections on the precarious nature of modern life are witty until they're really unsettling."
"Review" by , "Outstanding....Male American writers have talked about the incursion of the real into territory previously held by the novelist's capacity for invention; but who before Spiotta has written about reality's threat not to imagination but to memory itself?...An essential American writer."
"Review" by , "Transfixing....It's as though Nabokov had written a rock novel."
"Review" by , "Evocative, mysterious, incongruously poetic...gritty, intelligent, mordent, and deeply sad....Spiotta has created, in Stone Arabia, a work of visceral honesty and real beauty."
"Review" by , "Dana Spiotta's stunning, virtuoso novel Stone Arabia plays out the A and B sides of a sibling bond."
"Review" by , "A smart, subtle, moving story about the complicated business of knowing the people you love...a wild, sorrowful, rambling, deeply subjective, incandescently beautiful document."
"Review" by , "Stone Arabia is a rock 'n' roll novel like no other. Where desire for legacy tangles with fantasy. And identity and memory are in and out of control. A loser's game of conceit, deceit, passion, love and the raw mystery of superstar desire."
"Review" by , "Dana Spiotta's Stone Arabia is a dreamlike meditation on fame and success, technology and the imagination. The novel beautifully manifests Ms. Spiotta's gift for transforming her keen cultural intelligence into haunting, evocative prose."
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