Friday, April 27, 2012

Stone Arabia

Siblings. Literary novels can concentrate on the lives of characters in ways that lead readers to deep insights into our human condition. Dana Spiotta’s novel, Stone Arabia, performs that feat with skill and efficiency over the course of about 250 pages. The protagonists are siblings, Denise and Nik, and while this sibling relationship provides context, what Spiotta explores are the ways in which awareness can lead to isolation, especially when it comes to our knowledge of world events. Anyone who has experienced difficult and challenging relationships, particularly with close family members, will find Spiotta’s sensitive treatment of these relationships to be sensitive and profound. Readers who enjoy fine writing should pick up this novel. Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended) Click here to purchase Stone Arabia from

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