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Stone Arabia: A Novel

Dana Spiotta

Rating
3.2 (47 reviews)
Description
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.
Genre
Literature & Fiction
Language
English
Publisher
Scribner
Number of pages
260
Publication date
7/12/2011 12:00:00 AM
Date last checked
11/14/2017 8:07:26 AM

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