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A Child Out of Alcatraz

Tara Ison

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ISBN 10: 0571199100 / ISBN 13: 9780571199105
Published by Faber & Faber, 1997
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Title: A Child Out of Alcatraz

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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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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This debut novel presents the story of Alcatraz from the perspective of a prison guard's family in the 1950s. The family lives in what seems like an congenial seaside community, but all sense of innocence is shattered when youngest daughter Olivia accidentally learns of her father's beating a prisoner senseless. In a series of flashbacks, we see the promising life of Olivia's mother, Vivian, dissolve when she marries and is expected to give up her ideas and desires to meet the demands of her husband. Alcatraz is used successfully as a metaphor for Vivian's growing isolation as she slowly loses her identity and is hospitalized. The setting magnifies the oppressive demands placed on women at the time and gives this book an uncommonly heartfelt passion that will incite every reader. Highly recommended for all collections.?David A. Berona, Univ. of New England, Biddeford, Me.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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