Saturday, April 11, 2009

Pg. 99: Dara Horn's "All Other Nights"

The current feature at the Page 99 Test: All Other Nights by Dara Horn.

About the book, from the publisher:
A gripping epic about the great moral struggles of the Civil War.

How is tonight different from all other nights? For Jacob Rappaport, a Jewish soldier in the Union army, it is a question his commanders have answered for him: on Passover in 1862 he is ordered to murder his own uncle, who is plotting to assassinate President Lincoln.

After that night, will Jacob ever speak for himself? The answer comes when his commanders send him on another mission—this time not to murder a spy but to marry one.

A page-turner rich with romance and the history of America (North and South), this is a book only Dara Horn could have written. Full of in-sight and surprise, layered with meaning, it is a brilliant parable of the moral divide that still haunts us: between those who value family first and those dedicated, at any cost, to social and racial justice for all.
Read the first chapter of All Other Nights and learn more about the author and her work at Dara Horn's website.

Dara Horn, author of the award-winning novels The World to Come and In the Image, is one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists.

The Page 99 Test: The World to Come.

The Page 99 Test: All Other Nights.

--Marshal Zeringue