At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf
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About the Author
and Rockaway (Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press), featured as one of the "Best Books of Summer" in O, The Oprah Magazine, July 2013. Ball, a short story collection, was published in 2015, and her collection of essays, Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love, and Die at the Movies, was winner of the 2015 PEN Southwest Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Her short fiction, essays, poetry and book reviews have appeared in Tin House, BOMB, Salon, Electric Literature, The Kenyon Review, The Rumpus, Nerve.com, Black Clock, TriQuarterly, The Mississippi Review, The Santa Monica Review, Publishers Weekly, The Week, LA Weekly, O, the Oprah Magazine, and numerous anthologies.
Ison received her MFA in fiction and literature from Bennington College. She is currently professor of fiction in Arizona State University's creative writing program. In another life, she was the co-writer of the cult classic film Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991).
"A suspenseful and disturbing psychological story of an adolescent Jewish girl, relocated from Paris to a small village in Vichy during WWII and hiding with a Catholic family, who becomes increasingly and dangerously aligned with her invented identity. Written in exquisite prose, Tara Ison's novel of persona, identity and survival in collaborationist France is chilling and profoundly moving."--JANET FITCH, author, White Oleander and Paint it Black
"At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf is a thrilling novel, not just as a splendid read but as a deeply resonant work of art driven by the central yearning in the greatest literary narratives: the yearning for a self, for an identity, for a place in the world. Tara Ison has always been a writer I've ardently admired. Here she is at the height of her estimable powers."--ROBERT OLEN BUTLER, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain and Paris in the Dark
"Tara Ison's riveting historical novel, At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf, takes the reader into Vichy France in the early 1940s at the moment when ordinary life shifts into complicity with horror, as the Free French government first accommodates the Nazi regime then amplifies its fascist, anti-Semitic project. Told from the perspective of a young Jewish girl grappling with identity, Ison's timely book considers that moment between dusk and night, the almost imperceptible shift into darkness, both political and personal, as it exposes the high cost of accommodation of evil and bigotry. Provocative, vivid, and affecting, this novel will inspire important conversations that we all need to be having now."--EJ LEVY, author of The Cape Doctor