Tara Ison


TARA ISON is the author of the novels The List; A Child Out of Alcatraz, a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Rockaway, selected as a 2013 Best Books of Summer by O, The Oprah Magazine; and the essay collection Reeling Through Life. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Tin HouseThe Kenyon Review, Nerve.com, Publishers Weekly, and numerous anthologies. She is the coauthor of the cult film Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead.



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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. — New York Times Book Review

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