A CHILD OUT OF ALCATRAZ
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