A Child Out of Alcatraz by Tara Ison

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Searing, and yet enormously compelling, this stinging portrait of the downward spiral of a mother and young daughter will haunt the reader's days and dreams. Olivia grows up in a neighborhood like most others--except it is on the island of Alcatraz, where there is no escape.

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Tara Ison, whose first novel, "A Child Out of Alcatraz", was a finalist for the 1997 "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize for Best First Fiction, traverses the incredibly rich psychological territory of a doomed love affair. "The List" is a stunning portrait of a couple on the brink.
Published April 1, 1997 by Faber & Faber. 266 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The narration of Ison's first novel alternates smoothly between the life of Vivian Goodman, a child of liberal Jewish parents who winds up in an imprisoning marriage, and a journalistic history of Alc

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