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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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A little girl lives with her family in a picturesque seaside community near San Francisco. An American neighborhood like any other, sheltered in the seeming tranquillity of the 1950s. Except it exists on the island of Alcatraz, the Rock, where a looming cellhouse imprisons the most vicious and irredeemable of America's criminals.
Olivia grows up here and watches as her family slowly falls apart, trapped in its own prison rules and silences. She watches the disintegration of her mother, a brilliant woman isolated in a role that closes in on her as inexorably as the metallic crash of any cell door. Olivia can only watch, and retreat into herself, for she's only a little girl; there's no escape for her from the island she calls home.

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Tara Ison teaches writing at the U.C.L.A. Writer's Program.

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