All Other Nights by Dara Horn

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, 1862, he is ordered to murder his own uncle, who is plotting to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. After this harrowing mission, Jacob is recruited to pursue another enemy agent—this time not to murder the spy, but to marry her. Based on real historical figures, this eagerly awaited novel from award-winning author Dara Horn delivers multilayered, page-turning storytelling at its best. 

Below you can find the Twitter discussion of All Other Nights with author Dara Horn that took place April 27, 2010. Make sure to follow Jewish Book Council (@jewishbook) for more Twitter Book Club events!

JewishBook Welcome fellow twitterers! Today we have Dara Horn with us for her book "All Other Nights" Thanks for joining us, Dara.#JBCBooks

DaraHorn Hi, thanks for having me over for "twunch"! Im new atTwitter but hope I can answer your questions in 140 characters or less #JBCBooks

JewishBook Don't forget to add #JBCBooks at the end of your tweets to join the conversation.

stava89 Welcome @DaraHorn #JBCBooks

JewishBook Dara, Are there any characters that you felt particularly close to or are the most like? #JBCBooks

DaraHorn My favorite character is Philip Levy. He's the only successful character; he knows who he is and lives with all the consequences.#JBCBooks

stava89 In this book, as in others, you have chosen to write in the voice of a man. Why is that and has it been a challenge?#JBCBooks

erikadreifus Comment from fellow MHS grad: I love that the story takes place in a time/places we don't often see in J-A fiction. (cont.)#jbcbooks

erikadreifus Similar in that respect to A. Amend "Stations West" and A. Solomon "The Little Bride" (coming in '11). (cont.) #jbcbooks

JewishBook Tweeple, what were your favorite characters? I kinda like Abigail in that same sense that she did her own thing.#JBCBooks

erikadreifus Question: Can you recommend other contemp. books of J-A historical fiction set in the U.S.? Thanks! #jbcbooks

DaraHorn It's actually easier to write in someone else's voice.I don't like writing about myself; luckily my life would make a crummy novel#JBCbooks

erikadreifus @DaraHorn I liked P. Levy a lot, too. #jbcbooks

DaraHorn I recommend Steve Stern's "Frozen Rabbi" about a memphis teen who finds a 19thcent rabbi in his family's meat freezer. #JBCbooks

DaraHorn I wanted to create a founding legend for the American Jewish community and enjoy "curating" forgotten corners of Jewish history. #JBCBooks

stava89 @erikadreifus Or Landsman by Peter Charles Melman#Jbcbooks

stava89 There is a lot in the bk about “loving your land.” Do you envision these characters as “Jewish Americans” or “American Jews?” #JBCBooks

JewishBook Hello fellow tweeters- we are getting reports that u are having trbl sending out tweets, keep trying! #JBCBooks

stava89 & follow-up to last q, lots of discussion on loving your land over loving the people around you. What are your thoughts? (cont)#JBCBooks

DaraHorn The importance of land was so unfamiliar to these Jews and their families and so deeply ingrained in their neighbor's worlds#JBCbooks

stava89 How does it translate today in terms of America and Israel?#JBCBooks

stava89 Did founding of Israel transfer passion of Jews for America to passion for Israel? #JBCBooks

DaraHorn The most successful characters (who understand who they are and don't apologize for it) are those who are both Jewish and American #JBCbooks

JewishBook How did u reconcile Jews experience with slavery in Egypt & their support of the confederacy? Anything in research allude to this? #JBCBooks

stava89 @DaraHorn Agreed. Makes perfect sense. #JBCBooks

DaraHorn and see no conflict. Israel's founding change Amer Jews; not by making them less patriotic but by making them less ashamed. #JBCbooks

DaraHorn The Jews in this book see Jewish identity as shameful b/c of Jewish historical losses. That changed w/Israel's founding#JBCbooks

tenementtalks TT 5/20 RT @DaraHorn: I recommend Steve Stern's "Frozen Rabbi" about a teen who finds a 19cen rabbi in his family's meat freezer. #JBCbooks

stava89 You don't feel like priorities shifted, at least for some communities? #JBCBooks

erikadreifus @JewishBook Your question reminds me of the excellent Seder scene in La. #JBCBooks

DaraHorn Per research, Amer.Jews were as divided over slavery as their neighbors and did what their neighbors did with few exceptions. #JBCbooks

nycbook was there anything written by jews at the time about the passover issue? #JBCbooks

stava89 interesting--re: slavery issue with Amer Jews #JBCBooks

DaraHorn US rabbis debated slavery in the 1860s. Proslavery rabbis defended it on biblical terms (the torah endorses slavery but...) #JBCbooks

DaraHorn ...it was more like indentured servitude; slaved had to be freed after 7 yrs, and slaves had rights. #JBCbooks

stava89 Did they actually follow the "7 year rule" though?#JBCBooks

DaraHorn The most pro-slavery rabbi in America was at NYC's Bnai Jeshurun, believe it or not! #JBCbooks

nycbook did that happen at all among jewish slaveowners? setting them free after 7 years? #JBCbooks

DaraHorn there were big debates on slavery between rabbis. R. David Einhorn in Baltimore was an outspoken abolitionist and published on it #JBCbooks

gentle_victory RT @DaraHorn: The most pro-slavery rabbi in America was at NYC's Bnai Jeshurun, believe it or not! #JBCbooks

stava89 wow. surprising re: Bnai Jeshurun rabbi. #JBCBooks

nycbook What has been southern Jewish reaction to portrayal of Southern Jews in time of civil war? #JBCbooks

DaraHorn Priorities shifted with Israel's founding, but not away from the US. In 19th cent AmerJews also helped Jews overseas in Syria etc #JBCBooks

DaraHorn Priorities shifted with Israel's founding, but not away from the US. In 19th cent AmerJews also helped Jews overseas in Syria etc #JBCBooks

DaraHorn @nycbook I never heard of southern Jews following biblical slaveholding laws. They really just did as their neighbors did. #JBCbooks

erikadreifus Great question @nycbook: What has been southern Jewish reaction to portrayal of Southern Jews in time of civil war?#JBCbooks

stava89 @DaraHorn can you send tiny url/link to Tabletmag article? #JBCBooks

DaraHorn It is no secret to southern Jews that their ancestors were loyal southerners; they are proud of it! #JBCBooks

DaraHorn I don't know enough about twitter to send the link; it's on my facebook page if that helps. #JBCbooks

erikadreifus Must get back to work. Thanks to @DaraHorn and esp. to @JewishBook for organizing. Really enjoyed the book.#JBCbooks

PartnershipPJLL RT @DaraHorn: It is no secret to southern Jews that their ancestors were loyal southerners; they are proud of it!#JBCBooks

DaraHorn I've also met many old Jews who told me that they remember the old people when they were children, whose families owned slaves #JBCBooks

JewishBook Dara, I know you have a busy schedule, any more questions before we sign off? #JBCBooks

stava89 @DaraHorn Definitely helps! Thanks. And thanks for joining the book club today. #JBCBooks

OBOJC Follow @DaraHorn as she discussed her book#JBCbooks

DaraHorn In Harrisburg PA, old shulmembers told me that when they were kids the old people in the shul were Union Gettysburg veterans #JBCbooks

JewishBook Here is the Tablet mag link: http://bit.ly/bAcQLX#JBCBooks

DaraHorn It's a pleasure to discuss the book this way, despite the limitations of the form! #JBCbooks

JewishBook Ok, thats all the time we have. Thanks for joining us, and thanks Dara for answering our questions! #JBCBooks

JewishBook Although it does make it easier to have a book club in the middle of the work day! #JBCBooks

DaraHorn Thank you all for reading! Feel free to stay in touch with me on Facebook (where I actually know how to post links).#JBCBooks

JewishBook If you want to continue the conversation with fellow tweeple book clubbers, just use #JBCBooks to follow!

JewishBook Please feel free to stay and discuss the book, and you can always go back to http://bit.ly/9P0e7x and #JBCBooks to read the conversation!

OBOJC Sorry to have connected you all so late in the lunch and tweet. You can still see the conversation at #JBCbooks



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