Rockaway

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Product Details

Price
$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
Soft Skull Press
Publish Date
Pages
189
Dimensions
5.4 X 0.7 X 8.1 inches | 0.5 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781593765163
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About the Author

Tara Ison is the author of the novels The List, A Child Out of Alcatraz, a Finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Rockaway, selected as a 2013 Best Books of Summer by O Magazine. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Tin House, The Kenyon Review, Nerve.com, Publishers Weekly, and numerous anthologies. She is the co-author of the cult film Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead.

Reviews

Praise for Rockaway

"In Ison's poetic depiction, Rockaway is equal parts tourist trap and salt-sprayed idyll, where beachgoers frolic in the shadow of some potent dramatic irony: the reader's awareness of the devastation soon to arrive across the river makes for an unsettling countdown...Ison possesses a surfeit of wit and an especial knack for upending love story conventions...as the narrative swirls to a stylish and startling end." --The New York Times Book Review

"In Rockaway's narrative passages Ms. Ison's prose style is lovely and in places lyrical...[Sarah] is an engagingly complex character readers will hope to see more of.." --New York Journal of Books

"How tragic that this book --set in a Queens, New York, beach town that in real life was devastated by Sandy --has a new relevance. Sarah is a California painter who's come east for a retreat she hopes will revive her artistic passion. It's a sheer joy to stay in the company of Ison's voice. There's an unlikely relationship at the center, the kind of encounter that could happen only in the summertime suspension of 'ordinary' life." --Karen Russell, O Magazine

"Tara Ison is one of the premiere stylists of her generation, and on every page of Rockaway she writes sentences that are elegant and rich. Casually sensual in ways that will curl your toes, Ison refuses to look away from the ramifications of that same dark eroticism unleashed. It's no exaggeration to say Rockaway is pretty much perfect -- a meditation on art, aloneness, ambition, love, religion, and the unknowable and unquenchable thirst that is human desire. Just start reading. You won't stop." --Charles Bock

"Here is a young woman at the end of her leash, the end of her youth, the edge of her art, not doing a melancholy artist-on-the-beach thing, but confronting the many true colors of her life in this beautiful and dangerous season. Tara Ison's Rockaway is a stirring, fresh look at a tough passage." --Ron Carlson

"Rockaway is an illuminating inquiry into the nature of love, the meaning of art, the power of faith and family, and how grace is discovered in the most unexpected places --a stunning, modern echo of Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse with a uniquely brilliant voice." --Emily Rapp

"Rockaway is a novel that embraces everything: love, art, friendship, faith, and the mystery of why we create the lives we do, with prose that is breathtaking, clear, and elegant. Sarah and Marty and Emily are depicted with honesty that is utterly riveting. This is a beautiful gem of a book." --Karen E. Bender

"Written in language that is utterly liquid, Rockaway inhabits the poetry of a woman fiercely searching for identity. Here, we find an illuminating meditation on the art of being, with the true revelation suggesting that perhaps we were never lost at all. A triumphant reclamation of the soul." --Ilie Ruby