Wayward

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Product Details

Price
$27.00  $24.84
Publisher
Knopf Publishing Group
Publish Date
Pages
288
Dimensions
5.4 X 9.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.18 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780593318737

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About the Author

DANA SPIOTTA is the author of Innocents and Others, which won the St. Francis College Literary Prize and was short-listed for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Stone Arabia, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; Eat the Document, which was a National Book Award finalist; and Lightning Field. Spiotta was a Guggenheim Fellow, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, and she won the 2008-9 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. In 2017, the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded her the John Updike Prize in Literature. Spiotta lives in Syracuse and teaches in the Syracuse University MFA program.

Reviews

"A furious and addictive new novel... In the time-honored tradition of American protagonists facing a crisis that will require spiritual growth and transformation: Sam Raymond runs away from home. Spiotta's fiction is rightfully praised for its structural innovation, its stylish commentary on technology and 'the moment--but her vision for the novel is fundamentally moral... Sam [is] an ideal guide--rash, funny, searching, entirely unpredictable, drawn with a kind of skeptical fondness... The local pleasures of Spiotta's writing are sharp, and many... what a pleasure to encounter not just ideas about the thing, but the thing itself--descriptions that irradiate the pleasure centers of the brain, a protagonist so densely, exuberantly imagined, she feels like a visitation."
--Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

"A wonderfully mischievous and witty story . . . A knockout."
--Publishers Weekly [starred review]

"Thrilling . . . Spiotta's novels are unfailingly dense with life--the textures, digressions, and details thereof--and Wayward is no exception. The novel is at once satirical and earnest: Sam asks what she can do to atone for her thoughtless privilege, what role she might play as an agent of change. There's much comedy in the asking, but the novel makes clear that the answers aren't straightforward. Spiotta offers grand themes and beautiful peripheral incidents . . . she writes with sly humor and utter seriousness; a rare articulation of midlife now. For this reader, there is uncommon pleasure in the paradoxes of this climacteric tale."
--Claire Messud, Harper's Magazine

"An urgent, deeply moving, wholly original novel by one of the most wildly talented writers in America. This is Spiotta's best book yet, rich with all the joyful immersion-in-culture that characterized her earlier work, and of which she is a master, but with, it seems to me, more heart, hope, and urgency. There's not a smarter, more engaging, more celebratory writer working today than Dana Spiotta, and here she shows us to ourselves with stunning, sometimes lacerating, honesty, but also with a feeling of genuine hope for us, i.e., with kindness. I finished the book last night and woke this morning both fonder of, and more terrified for, America."
--George Saunders

A dazzling lightning bolt of a novel which illuminates the sometimes exhilarating, sometimes heartbreaking moments of connection and disconnection in our lives. What begins as a vertiginous leap into hilarious rabbit holes ends as a brilliant meditation on mortality and time. How does she do it? Only Dana Spiotta knows. I'm just happy to see her work her magic.
--Jenny Offill

"What a thrilling experience to take a wayward journey along with Dana Spiotta's heroine, in the social landscape of America when America is probing its future, in a woman's complex internal landscape as she forges forward. Wayward is a fiercely funny and deliciously subversive novel."
--Yiyun Li

"Wayward is a strikingly human and affecting story... gloriously cool, deftly assembled, brimming with mood... a hymn to iconoclasm, a piercing novel about what we lose and gain by when we step out of life's deepest worn grooves."
Vogue's "Best Books to Read in 2021"

"This is story about female desire and fulfillment, a woman realizing she's fallen into roles she resents and giving in to the impulse to abandon them. Spiotta glides through her journey with sparkling prose, delving into the contradictions and complexities of being an aging woman--and raising a daughter who will one day do the same--in today's America."
--Arianna Rebolini, BuzzFeed's "28 Summer Books To Get Excited About"

"An engrossing, interior mother-daughter story that expands into a sharp social commentary."
--Kirkus [starred review]

"At once a love letter to the Salt City and a smart and introspective device for illuminating the present through the very recent past . . . Sam immerses herself in feminist resistance, [but] her malaise is as potent as her yearning for activism. While trying to salvage a relationship with her daughter, she desperately searches for meaning in a world headed toward uncertain ruin."
--Library Journal [starred review]