Wednesday, March 29, 2023

At The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, A Book Review

 

At The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, A Novel, by Tara Ison is a most amazing book. It's of the Holocaust genre and also Coming of Age, but at least in my reading experience, it's like no other. 

Ison writes about a wealthy preteen Jewish girl from Paris who is brought to live with a poor rural Catholic family. Danielle must do her best to hide her true identity and live as Marie-Jeanne, orphaned niece of Berthe on a small farm and even milk the cow every morning. Danielle's red hair definitely helps mask her Jewish identity. With them are Berthe's husband Claude and their son Luc, who makes Danielle feel rather uncomfortable.

We follow two parallel transitions, one the growth of Nazi dominance in a quiet farming town near Limoges in Vichy France and second, Danielle's growing comfort and identification in her new identity as Catholic Marie-Jeanne. She's into her teens by the time the story ends.

The various characters are amazingly well-drawn/developed, and it's nothing is very predictable. The more I think about it, the harder it is to decided on the hero of the story. It's very complex and has some surprising twists.

I highly recommend At The Hour Between Dog and Wolf. The characters find themselves in situations in which it's hard to distinguish between a dog and a wolf, as the title states. It's an excellent book for discussion in a Book Club or even in a classroom of older adolescents. 

Product details 
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ig Publishing (February 21, 2023) 
Language ‏ : ‎ English 
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 286 pages 
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1632461455 
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1632461452 
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.4 ounces 
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.25 x 0.75 x 8 inches

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree with you 馃挴 percent!

Batya said...

Wonderful, so you're a fan, too.