Dana Spiotta's latest book, Innocents and Others (Scribner), centers on two best friends, female filmmakers and their involvement with a third, troubled woman, an adept at beguiling powerful Hollywood men. Through these characters, Spiotta explores privilege and its ability to allow the pursuit of passion.
We discuss the politics of survival; particularly survival through deceit. Spiotta says she's seeking to uncover the kind of lie that film really is at its core. Overall, Spiotta's book is the feminist story of how women make do in a male-dominated world.