Stone Arabia by Dana Spiotta
A Novel

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...Stone Arabia is a highly enjoyable and poignant postmodern novel. Spiotta's talent lies in depicting the subtleties and complexities of self-perception in a media-saturated era while remaining lighthearted.
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Stone Arabia, Dana Spiotta’s moving and intrepid third novel, is about family, obsession, memory, and the urge to create—in isolation, at the margins of our winner-take-all culture.

In the sibling relationship, “there are no first impressions, no seductions, no getting to know each other,” says Denise Kranis. For her 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, sometimes his only audience. She is also her family’s first defense against the world’s fragility. Friends die, their mother’s memory and mind unravel, and the news of global catastrophe and individual tragedy haunts Denise. When her daughter, Ada, decides to make a film about Nik, everyone’s vulnerabilities seem to escalate.

Dana Spiotta has established herself as a “singularly powerful and provocative writer” (The Boston Globe) whose work is fiercely original. Stone Arabia—riveting, unnerving, and strangely beautiful—reexamines what it means to be an artist and redefines the ties that bind.
 

About Dana Spiotta

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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.
 
Published July 12, 2011 by Scribner. 260 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Corinne Jones on Jul 07 2012

...Stone Arabia is a highly enjoyable and poignant postmodern novel. Spiotta's talent lies in depicting the subtleties and complexities of self-perception in a media-saturated era while remaining lighthearted.

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Reviewed by Jenny Turner on Jun 29 2012

This odd, drifty combination – the random-looking title, a cathartic road-trip...– is very similar to the structure of Lightning Field. I have no idea if there's a biographical explanation for this, but I think there's a deeper artistic reason...

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