How is tonight different from all other nights? For Jacob Rappaport, a Jewish soldier in the Union army during the Civil War, it is a questions his commanders have already answered for him — on Passover, 1862, he is ordered to murder his own uncle in New Orleans, who is plotting to assassinate President Lincoln. After this harrowing mission, Jacob is recruited to pursue another enemy agent, the daughter of a Virginia family friend. But this time, his assignment isn’t to murder the spy, but to marry her. Their marriage, with its riveting and horrifying consequences, reveals the deep divisions that still haunt American life today.
Based on real personalities like Judah Benjamin, the Confederacy’s Jewish Secretary of State and spymaster, and on historical facts and events ranging form an African-American spy network to the dramatic self-destruction of the city of Richmond, All Other Nights is a gripping and suspenseful story of men and women driven to the extreme limits of loyalty and betrayal.
In 2007 Dara Horn was chosen by Granta magazine as one of the Best Young American Novelists. Her second novel, The World to Come, was selected as an Editor’s Choice in The New York Times Book Review and as one of the Best Books of 2006 by The San Francisco Chronicle, and has been translated into eleven languages.
“Horn propels the love story at a thriller"s pace; the mix of love and loyalty played out in a divided America is sublime.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Praise for THE WORLD TO COME:
" [Horn] has a spiritual and moral intuition that transcends most of her contemporaries. This is no mean feat — especially since she combines it with a flair for fantastical storytelling." THE TIMES
“A ridiculously accomplished novelist for a 29-year-old” OBSERVER
“[A] rich, complex and haunting novel” NEW YORK TIMES (EDITORS CHOICE)