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Dana Spiotta’s Latest Literary Work, Wayward, Garners National Media Attention

Posted on: July 13, 2021

Professor of English Dana Spiotta’s new novel, Wayward (Penguin Random House, 2021), has been highlighted in many leading media publications. The critically acclaimed book, released July 6, features the story of a woman from Central New York who flees her suburban life – and her family – and moves to the city of Syracuse as she grapples with how to be a wife, a mother and a daughter.

An excerpt from Wayward was published in Vogue, who also named the novel one of the “Best Books to Read in 2021." It was highlighted in a New York Times book review, and the newspaper called it one most anticipated titles of July. Spiotta was also featured in a New York Times Q&A.

The Philadelphia Inquirer included Wayward in their list of top books of summer 2021, and USA Today called it one of their five books not to miss. The famous Strand Book Store in New York City is also featuring Wayward as their fiction pick of the month for July.

Other media placements include:

Dana Spiotta, associate professor in the Department of English’s Creative Writing Program, is the author of five novels. In addition to Wayward, she also wrote Innocents and Others (2016), winner of the St. Francis College Literary Prize and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Stone Arabia (2011); Eat the Document (2006), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the American Academy's Rosenthal Foundation Award; and Lightning Field (2001), a New York Times Notable Book.