All Other Nights (Magill's Literary Annual 2010)
Jacob Rappaport, the protagonist of All Other Nights, has led a privileged life as the son of a wealthy businessman in New York. He has been given everything he needs; however, Jacob’s confused relationship with his father has run the gamut from hero worship, to embarrassment, to frustration. In the beginning years of the Civil War, Jacob has begun to recognize that he is no more than a trophy for his father to show off to his business acquaintances. When his father agrees to marry Jacob off to the developmentally handicapped daughter of one of his colleagues, Jacob decides that he must break free. He runs away to join the Union army.
During his first few months serving the Union army, the nineteen-year-old Jacob is called to the office of three prestigious generals. In his youthful conceit, he is convinced he is going to be promoted. Instead, the generals reveal their knowledge of his family connection to Harry Hyams, a Jewish Rebel who is allegedly part of a plot to assassinate Lincoln. They assign Jacob the task of removing this danger to the president and send him to New Orleans to kill his uncle. Jacob struggles with memories of Hyams as a gentle, loving man who seemed to care more for him than his own father had. He has difficulty seeing his uncle as a danger to the country.
Once he reaches New Orleans, hidden in a barrel and dressed as a Rebel soldier, Jacob goes to his uncle’s home and joins in a Passover Seder. Jacob’s...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 2010)
Booklist 105, no. 16 (April 15, 2009): 29.
Kirkus Reviews 77, no. 5 (March 1, 2009): 42.
Library Journal 134, no. 6 (April 1, 2009): 70.
Los Angeles Times, April 12, 2009, p. 7.
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