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At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf by Tara Ison

Intriguing and thought-provoking, this novel is more than a Holocaust story; it is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and a timely reminder of the importance of confronting injustice in all its forms. At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf is a compelling read that invites reflection and conversation, making it a valuable addition to historical fiction enthusiasts and those interested in exploring the parallels between past and present.

Tara Ison’s At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf is a poignant exploration of identity, morality, and resilience set against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied Paris in 1941. The novel follows Danielle Marton, a young Jewish girl forced to assume a new identity, Marie-Jeanne, to escape the horrors of persecution. Danielle must navigate a perilous world where survival means sacrificing everything she holds dear.

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THE RUNDOWN: SYNOPSIS & Media Reviews

“[A] piercing Holocaust novel…There are costs to living a lie, and there’s madness in forgetting…Beneath the bucolic scenes of Tara Ison’s novel are foreboding realities. Neighbors turn against neighbors; fascism creeps up; ‘good’ people avert their eyes…Even at the novel’s gripping end…[there are] questions about what moral compromises are the acceptable cost of survival.”—Foreword Reviews

When Danielle Marton’s father is killed during the early days of the German Occupation, her mother sends her to live in a quiet farming town near Limoges in Vichy France. Now called Marie-Jeanne Chantier, Danielle struggles to balance the truth of what’s happened to her family and her country with the lies she must tell to keep herself safe. 

At first, she’s bitter about being left behind by her mother, and horrified at having to milk the cow and memorize Catholic prayers for church. But as the years pass and the Occupation worsens, Danielle finds it easier to suppress her former life entirely, and Marie-Jeanne becomes less and less of an act. By the time she’s fifteen and there is talk amongst the now divided town of an Allied invasion, not only has Danielle lost the memories of her father’s face and the smell of her mother’s perfume, but her very self, transforming into an anti-Semitic, fervent disciple of fascism.

Tara Ison’s At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf is a poignant exploration of identity, morality, and resilience set against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied Paris in 1941. The novel follows Danielle Marton, a young Jewish girl forced to assume a new identity, Marie-Jeanne, to escape the horrors of persecution. Danielle must navigate a perilous world where survival means sacrificing everything she holds dear.

As Marie-Jeanne, Danielle struggles to reconcile her Jewish heritage with the expectations of her new identity. Surrounded by suspicion and deception, she must tread carefully to avoid detection, even as she grapples with the moral compromises required for survival.
But as the war rages on and the atrocities of the Holocaust escalate, Danielle is forced to confront the painful truth that no one is truly safe. With neighbors turning against neighbors and fascism on the rise, she must decide where her loyalties lie and what she’s willing to sacrifice to stay alive.

“Brilliant, timely, and chilling.”—People 

Ison masterfully captures Danielle’s transformation from a sheltered twelve-year-old into a courageous young woman navigating the treacherous landscape of wartime France. Through Danielle’s eyes, readers witness the moral ambiguity of survival as she grapples with the conflicting ideals of good and evil, confronting societal prejudices and the brutal realities of oppression.

The author’s prose is swift and evocative, imbuing the narrative with a sense of urgency that keeps readers captivated from start to finish. As Danielle matures amidst the chaos of war, Ison deftly explores themes of identity, resistance, and the human capacity for cruelty and compassion.

While rooted in historical events, At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf transcends its setting to resonate with contemporary relevance. Ison’s exploration of fascism, anti-Semitism, and the erosion of moral boundaries serves as a stark reminder of the enduring consequences of intolerance and political extremism.

Intriguing and thought-provoking, this novel is more than a Holocaust story; it is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and a timely reminder of the importance of confronting injustice in all its forms. At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf is a compelling read that invites reflection and conversation, making it a valuable addition to historical fiction enthusiasts and those interested in exploring the parallels between past and present.

At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf is a haunting portrayal of resilience and moral ambiguity in the face of unimaginable circumstances. Through vivid prose and rich characterization, Tara Ison delivers a powerful narrative that lingers in the reader’s mind long after the final page.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tara Ison is an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist.

She is the author of three novels: Rockaway (Soft Skull Press, 2013), The List (Scribner, 2007), and A Child out of Alcatraz (Faber & Faber, 1997), which was a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A collection of essays, Reeling Through Life: How I Learned To Live, Love & Die at the Movies, was published by Soft Skull Press in January 2015 and was the winner of the 2015 PEN Southwest Award for Creative Nonfiction. Soft Skull Press published her short story collection, Ball, in Fall 2015. She received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2020 in support of a short story collection tentatively titled “The Meat Bee” after her 2018 story published in Tin House.

At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf.

Publisher: ig Publishing

Representation | Agent:

Jennifer Felleman of Jennifer Lyon Literary Agency

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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. —Robert Olen Butler

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