Dana Spiotta

Dana Spiotta

Dana Spiotta

2022 PFWA

In Wayward, on the heels of the 2016 presidential election, a 52-year-old woman finds her life unraveling. Her mother is dying, her teenage daughter is becoming remote, and her insomnia-fueled reckoning has her questioning her life. She falls in love with a beautiful decrepit house in Syracuse and flees her suburban life as she grapples with how to be a woman, a mother and a wife in a country that is coming apart at the seams.

Spiotta is the author of five novels, including Stone Arabia. She’s been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award. She was a Guggenheim Fellow, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, and the recipient of the 2008 Rome Prize in Literature and the John Updike Prize. She lives in Syracuse and teaches in the Syracuse University MFA program.

“Exhilarating. . . Wayward reads like a burning fever dream. “– New York Times Book Review. “A strikingly intelligent book, sometimes funny, sometimes painful.” – Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Spiotta mines [her] material with laser precision and wit.” —People