"Searingly original, brutal, unique. Tara Ison is unquestionably an important new voice in American fiction." —Carolyn See, author of Golden Days and Making A Literary Life
"A fascinating and wonderfully evocative first novel about life on Alcatraz - seen through the eyes of a little girl growing up on the Rock in the 1950s. A compelling story, richly evoking a time and place." —Kirkus Reviews
"Ison has a gift...the fearsome plight of Olivia, who narrates much of the novel, is never simplified. It's through her radiant consciousness that Ison's novel achieves a natural, basic morality." —Publishers Weekly
"Disturbing, dark, and original. A stunning first novel." —Feminist Bookstore News
"What makes A Child out of Alcatraz particularly memorable is its unique venue...the author paints a searing portrait of an American family that might have been typical had fate and history not intervened." —Glamour
"This is a sad, often beautiful novel... Ison renders the slow disintegration of a once-vital woman, and its effect on her daughter, with perfect heartbreaking despair. A provocative story." —Boston Book Review
"A Child out of Alcatraz is an energetic, captivating novel...we are left wanting more of her because that voice—so rare and flawless—is a crystalline sound one doesn't want to end." —Bloomsbury Review
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Published April 16, 2012
by Foreverland Press.
Literature & Fiction.