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Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist, 1997"Best First Fiction"

Critical Acclaim for A CHILD OUT OF ALCATRAZ

"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

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