Meadow and Carrie are best friends. They both grew up in L.A. in the 80’s and both became successful filmmakers. Their story uses the old, “rich girl/poor girl”, and “nice girl/ bad girl” tropes, but defies turning the women into stereotypes. They make very different types of films and have very different outlooks on life. Meadow makes raw, experimental documentaries while Carrie takes her cue from sitcoms, making funny films with strong women protagonists. Both are narrators. Carrie’s story is predominately about Meadow and their friendship. Meadow’s story is about Meadow and her films. This is not a 50/50 relationship, not especially warm and fuzzy, but it is real and solid. Interspersed is the story of Jelly and Jack, the subjects of one Meadow’s documentaries. Their relationship plays out completely over the phone with heartbreaking results. Innocents and Others is a book that challenges the reader to consider what real friendship is and what you should expect from it. I recommend this book highly if you like fiction about ideas and art.