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  • Title: Rockaway
  • Author: Tara Ison
  • ISBN: 9781593765163
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Paperback

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About “Tara Ison

  • Tara Ison

    Tara Ison is the author of the short story collection BALL, the novels THE LIST, ROCKAWAY, and A CHILD OUT OF ALCATRAZ, a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Awards Her essay collection REELING THROUGH LIFE was the winner of the 2015 PEN Southwest Award for Creative Nonfiction Her short fiction, essays, poetry and book reviews have appeared in Tin House, Salon, O, the Oprah Magazine, The Kenyon Review, Nerve, Black Clock, Publisher s Weekly, The Week magazine, The Mississippi Review, LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, the San Jose Mercury News, and numerous anthologies She is also the co writer of the movie Don t Tell Mom The Babysitter s Dead She is the recipient of a 2008 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship and a 2008 COLA Individual Artist Grant, as well as multiple Yaddo fellowships and Pushcart Prize nominations, a Rotary Foundation Scholarship for International Study, a Brandeis National Women s Committee Award, a Thurber House Fiction Writer in Residence Fellowship, the Simon Blattner Fellowship from Northwestern University, and a California Arts Council Artists Fellowship Award Ison received her MFA in Fiction Literature from Bennington College She has taught creative writing at Washington University in St Louis, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Goddard College, Antioch University Los Angeles, and UC Riverside Palm Desert s MFA in Creative Writing program She is currently Assistant Professor of Fiction at Arizona State University.

263 thoughts on “Rockaway

  • The thing that really got to me about Rockaway was its perfect depiction of the ache in a creative person s soul when the muse or the desire or the confidence has fled, for whatever reason I have gone through painful phases in my life when I could not bear to put myself out there in essays or poetry or drawings, and during those periods, I never felt whole I remember the acute terror of returning to creative work when I emerged from those dark times, and so when Sarah took her first tentative st [...]

  • SPOILERSI m really disappointed in this book I m sorry I bought it instead of getting it from the library.I don t think Sarah is a particularly likeable character, despite her caring for her parents She s downright sarky and nasty The end of the book made no sense to me at all Are we supposed to guess that she gets on a plane on 9 11 and gets killed I mean, why set the book pre 9 11 and then not even mention the big day What a letdown And she throws all her expensive paints away, and probably ru [...]

  • Read my review on New York Journal of Books First See my additional remarks in an article that appeared in a different and now defunct publication and begins with the next paragraph.Looking for a good beach book Try Tara Ison s third novel Rockaway, published today by Soft Skull Press, and find out if Sarah, a thirty something secular Jewish Californian and aspiring painter, can find romance with Marty, a newly Orthodox aging rocker old enough to be her father Also see if despite the distraction [...]

  • This was a lovely read, but it left me yearning for I never quite knew where the story was headed, and as a result I felt like I was drifting in the ocean, waiting to see where it would take me.I enjoyed the idea that we are all trapped by our circumstances to some degree Even Sarah s friend Emily, with her perfect, enviable lifestyle, is limited by her children and her organic garden and her perfect husband Watching Sarah struggle with her own desires and ultimately try to break away from what [...]

  • Ison s work is hard to describe, but I encourage you to dive in Her sentences are so well crafted, but I don t notice the writing she puts me inside the story It might be another girl discovers herself story, but in Ison s deft hands, it s so much Read it

  • Tara Ison s work succeeds on its own terms, and the terms are always clearly defined This novel is no exception For me it is the most impressive of Ison s three novels Here she takes the biggest narrative risks, and all of them pay off I can t elucidate without spoiling the plot and ending, but suffice it to say that the main character s arc of development is quite unusual and completely believable.Sarah is a woman who does not want what her family, friends and culture believe she should want Mo [...]

  • Poor, poor Sarah, an artist running away to the seaside to paint a picture.Or was that an excuse to get away, to reinvent herself Of course it was well written, but the plot left me, a little murky, what happened, that wasn t fully explained, I would have liked background detail with the plot, when the main character couldn t have been real to me I understood her, I felt her pain The ending left me miffed Is that it After that build up My pace maker almost overloaded I was left out in the cold [...]

  • Again I was disappointed in a best book pick from Oprah magazine I was grabbed by the review that said it was a sheer joy to stay in the company of Ison s voice I couldn t care about the main character The thing I really disliked was her description of her aging,helpless parents they were 62 years old

  • I did not like this book but I did finish it quickly one star I was curious about how this story would play out but my scientific soul must be showing because I simply could not relate to the listless, creative block and angst of the main character.

  • I finished it because I paid for it If it was a library book I would have given up Slow and dry Another bummer from the Oprah book list.

  • Really liked this book About a girl going to the beach and trying to put her life back together and the challenges that she faced in doing so

  • I ve tasked myself with trudging through a stack of books that I ve started and just can t finish This book has been in the pile for years and I ve picked it up and put it down too many times to count Today I finally slogged thru to the end I find Sarah the main character lost in life, a struggling artist that never finds herself The saving grace is that it is a short book under 200 pages and the vivid imagery of the last few pages was brilliant writing and I thought to myself finally

  • profoundly depressed but na ve, this sheltered, san diego sunshine girl just refuses to be malleable enough to drop her California attitude and let the good old borough of Queens transform her into a living person, who toughs it out and braces discomfort of any sort with a can do attitude, or else she s an anti Semitic, irreligious Jew who is deeply unsettled by Orthodox tradition and New York City edginess, which she is accustomed to denying and concealing in herself as a Southern Californian [...]

  • I read this for my Art Club Book Club, for which we try to pick a book about an artist, usually a painter This one is about an artist, but she spends the whole time not painting It was not what we expected, and the main character could have been any type of artist, or even not an artist at all, but it was a very good book about a person who was stuck and had not been allowed to grow and evolve Very good use of symbolism The book also centers heavily on Judaism I have read so many books lately wi [...]

  • An ok read, but I found myself distracted by how foreign the place she was describing is from the Rockaway I ve lived in my whole life I am willing to allow artistic license, but the reference to the A train traveling under Jamaica bay suggested artistic laziness The author may have spent a little bit of time on the westerly end of the west end, but she really didn t have much of a feel for anything beyond that less

  • Sarah, the main character in this novel is a painter but I could never figure out if she had ever painted anything In her 30 s she has never really grown up but the story tells us that she takes care of her parents who can t do without her although she had not been living with them The author is very good with colorful descriptions.I received this book for free through First Reads.

  • While the prose in this book was delicate and finely tuned, the author didn t have a lot to say about her characters or their motivations Books should leave us wanting This book made me want to move to the next one Bad choice, Oprah.

  • I enjoyed the religious aspect of the book and her search for her muse However, the last chapter just erupted and then ended It felt as if something was missing I was into it until the final chapter and then I got a little lost in the artist mania.

  • As a person who grew up in Rockaway, I was excited to read a book that took place there However the book seemed to never really develop for me.

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