The Dead Man

“Gold adventures in difficult emotional terrain and achieves something beautiful, transformative, and life-affirming. The conclusion of The Dead Man elevates and transforms all the events of the novel. It is as if Eve (the heroine) and the reader had travelled a tortuous terrain, paying attention to every step but not noticing that they were ascending. Now that the summit has been reached, the look back reveals not ugliness but beauty.”
– Maria Bloshteyn, Los Angeles Review of Books

The Dead Man is a wonderfully affecting, memorable, and original tale. Nora Gold is a natural storyteller, and her ability to make us understand the shimmering and complex landscape of love has its haunting echoes in the Israeli landscape. This is an ingeniously and gorgeously crafted story, radiantly musical in its rich textures.”
– Jay Neugeboren, author of The Stolen Jew, Imagining Robert, and Max Baer and the Star of David

The Dead Man is a compelling novel about a woman who is obsessed. Eve, who is both a composer of sacred music and a music therapist, is well aware of the saying, “Physician, heal thyself,” but she just can’t seem to do this. For some unknown reason, she — a sensible, intelligent professional — cannot recover from a brief relationship she had five years ago with a world-famous music critic named Jake. She also cannot finish the music composition she started around then. This obsession with Jake is a mystery to Eve’s friends, and also to her. In an attempt to put this relationship behind her, she returns to Israel where Jake still lives, and where they first fell in love. There she revisits all their old haunts, and gradually the dark mystery behind their complex relationship begins to unravel.

Praise for The Dead Man

The Dead Man is terrific. Eve, a composer obsessed with a former lover, pulls us deep into her evolution, thanks to astute, compassionate novelist Nora Gold. This compelling story is a must-read for anyone fascinated by the complexity of male-female relationships and the mysterious radioactivity of love.
– Susan Weidman Schneider, Editor-in-Chief, Lilith Magazine

Nora Gold’s The Dead Man is absorbing and very, very real. Gold writes with great accuracy and energy. I admire her understanding, the tension she creates, and the reality of her characters.”
– Anne Roiphe, author of Ballad of the Black and Blue Mind

Nora Gold’s writing is beautiful, nuanced, and honest. The Dead Man is an intelligent novel about love and art, and the passions that fuel them. Set against the backdrop of contemporary Israel, The Dead Man portrays a talented, obsessed composer, and offers a rare glimpse into the fascinating world of sacred Jewish music.
– Ayelet Tsabari, author of The Best Place on Earth

The Dead Man is a powerful story about a woman’s struggle with love and loss, and how her art—her music—becomes both the expression of, and antidote, to the darkness she has felt. This is a wonderful story about resilience, about the ability of the human spirit not only to repair and redeem itself, but—even more—to triumph over darkness and adversity.
– Joseph Kertes, author of Gratitude and The Afterlife of Stars

Nora Gold writes with consummate skill. She’s the real thing.
George Jonas, author, poet, journalist

The Dead Man is an excellent novel.
– Naim Kattan, author of Farewell Babylon

Nora Gold has an eye and ear for colourful detail in this novel about the creative process, lifting the veil on unknown corners of the world of Jewish music.
– Charles Heller, author of What To Listen For in Jewish Music

Reviews, News, Mentions, Blogs


  • Los Angeles Review of Books“Gold adventures in difficult emotional terrain and achieves something beautiful, transformative, and life-affirming.” – Maria Bloshteyn, April 17, 2017.
  • Left on the Shelf Book Blog. “I was enthralled by this book. I am delighted to find an author who writes with such intelligence, sensitivity, and passion.” – January 5, 2017
  • JewFem. “Gold’s writing is evocative and full of emotive flair as she navigates the intricacies of the human psyche.” – December 15, 2016
  • NewPages. “Gold’s writing is lyrical and elegant and this book will capture the hearts of readers, musicians, and travelers alike.” – December 1, 2016
  • Lilith. “Breaks the mold. Unusual. Refreshing to read a story of romantic obsession about a 50-year-old woman.” – October 26, 2016
  • Canadian Woman Studies. “The Dead Man is as impressive as Gold’s first novel in its thought-provoking subject matter.” – October 11, 2016
  • Olivia Savannah (Holland). “An incredible read. Gold’s writing style is beautiful. A fantastic book I highly recommend.” – October 9, 2016
  • Ottawa Jewish Bulletin. “A finely crafted and compelling novel.” – August 17, 2016
  • Compulsive Reader. “Nora Gold knows her craft. The Dead Man is a must-read.” – August 15, 2016
  • Facebook (Azriel Fellner). “Nora Gold is a fine novelist who deserves a large audience of readers. Her characters remind us that the issues of love, loss, memory, passion, and creativity can be seen from a fresh perspective.”  – July 8, 2016
  • Huffington Post. “Impressive. Gold accomplishes much in this slender novel. The Dead Man offers many pleasures.” – July 6, 2016
  • The Jerusalem Post. “Beautifully written. A captivating story with fascinating psychological insight and a good dose of humor.” – June 3, 2016
  • The Miramichi Reader. “The Dead Man is a lovingly well-written and fascinating novel of a woman’s recovery from years of grief.” – May 15, 2016
  • The Toronto Star. “The Dead Man offers fascinating glimpses of life in Israel and the world of music academia. An unforgettable journey.”  – May 1, 2016

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Upcoming events

Nora Gold will be speaking about The Dead Man at the following events:

  • New Israel Fund of Canada – In conversation with Dorit Rabinyan – April 25, 2017, 7 pm
  • Junction Reads and Writes Reading Series – May 28, 2017, 5 pm
  • Toronto Book Club Group – May 29, 2017, 8 pm


Pivot Reading Series (with Hal Niedzviecki, Puneet Dutt, and Matt Robinson) - March 8, 2017
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Nora Gold reads an excerpt from her novel, The Dead Man, at her Israeli book launch on August 25, 2016. With her in this video is Professor Alice Shalvi, who (in an earlier video) introduced Gold and offered some insights about The Dead Man.

Invite Nora Gold to Speak

Dr. Gold has given many talks, readings of her work, book club chats, and lectures at conferences. She is an engaging, dynamic, effective speaker who enjoys in-person public appearances as well as presentations via Skype. She will warmly welcome your invitation to speak with your book club or group.