Dana Spiotta, whom Michiko Kakutani called "wonderfully observant and wonderfully gifted... with an uncanny feel for the absurdities and sadness of contemporary life" (The New York Times), earned a 2006 National Book Award nomination for Eat the Document -- a bold novel about a fugitive radical from the 1970s who has lived in hiding for twenty-five years.
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Cherry Valley, New York
Date of Birth:
January 15, 1966
Place of Birth:
B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1992
Dana Spiotta's official web site
|2006 National Book Award Finalist, Fiction|
|Eat the Document: A Novel|
In the heyday of the 1970s underground, Bobby DeSoto and Mary Whittaker -- passionate, idealistic, and in love -- design a series of radical protests against the Vietnam War. When one action goes wrong, the course of their lives is forever changed. The two must erase their past, forge new identities, and never see each other again.
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|Advice for the Aspiring|
|"I think carving out the time to write it is the most important thing. And the hardest thing, especially if you have to work another job to pay the rent. But you must," Spiotta advises aspiring writers out there. "It really has to come before anything else. I try to save all my mornings for writing no matter what. It is very difficult. I am a great procrastinator. When the writing is going really well, the laundry piles up."|
|A DeLillo-Approved Debut||Spiotta's Must-Read List|
"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," observed Don DeLillo of Spiotta's insightful first novel.
Spiotta praises DeLillo right back by naming his novel Libra as the book that has most influenced her career as a writer. "A good novel should be deeply unsettling -- its satisfactions should come from its authenticity and its formal coherence. We must feel something crucial is at stake. In this respect -- and in all respects, really --Libra inspires me," she reflects. Read our interview to learn about more of Spiotta's best-loved books, including:
|Photo by Jessica Marx||