Lightning Field


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$16.00  $14.88
Scribner Book Company
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5.34 X 7.96 X 0.49 inches | 0.53 pounds

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About the Author

Dana Spiotta is the author of Innocents and Others; Stone Arabia, A National Books Critics Circle Award finalist; and Eat the Document, a finalist for the National Book Award. Spiotta is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize for Literature. Her most recent novel is Wayward. She lives in Syracuse, New York.


Diane Leslie author of "Fleur De Leigh's Life of Crime" Dana Spiotta's characters slink about in a Los Angeles that is hazy, not with smog, but with ever-smoldering, addictive substances. "Lightning Field" is an evocative, mellifluous, and convincing novel.
Don DeLillo author of "Underworld" Los Angeles is the air we all breathe in this wonderfully funny, accomplished, and far-reaching first novel about our consumer colossus and the human products it makes and shapes.
Bret Easton Ellis author of "Glamorama" A truly convincing L.A. novel: the scraped nerves, the free-floating dissatisfaction, the lingering scenes in chic, empty restaurants and hotel bars, the conversations with the tense inflections that don't reveal anything, the nowhere sex with wandering, absent lovers, a place where everything's a reference to a movie and the pull of wanting to be someone you're not is inescapable -- and finally the half-hearted escape and the inevitable return. Dana Spiotta's focus and control and insight are remarkable; this raw, skillful book, revelatory.
Kathryn Harrison author of "The Binding Chair or, A Visit from the Foot Emancipation Society" I never imagined I'd say this about any novel, but "Lightning Field" made me want to go back to my hometown, where self-consciousness is an art form and decadence is devoid of pleasure. On the other hand, as tickets to L.A. go, Dana Spiotta's is a lot cheaper -- and smarter.
Steve Erickson author of "Days Between Stations" In the city of masks and mirrors Dana Spiotta's dazzling novel is a quiet rampage, the empty streets of the Morning After glittering with broken glass, and the gutters blowing with shreds of disguise like black confetti.