Fields of Exile

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Fields of Exile

Winner of the 2015 Canadian Jewish Literary Award

Cynthia Ozick: Brave and luminous. I read this novel with nonstop enthralled admiration.
Steve Stern: Poignant, passionate, compelling, and funny. A distinguished novel.
Phyllis Chesler: A novel of ideas in the tradition of George Eliot, Doris Lessing, and Marge Piercy.
Ruth Wisse: I am grateful for this work of fiction.
Thane Rosenbaum: Fields of Exile restores one’s faith in the possibilities of the novel.

Judith is a young woman who lived in Israel for a decade, was a peace activist there, and defines herself as “left-wing,” yet in graduate school back in Canada, she discovers that vilification of Israel is the expected norm. When the keynote speaker for Anti-Oppression Day turns out to be a supporter of terrorist attacks not only against Israeli military targets, but also against Israeli civilians and Jews around the world, Judith protests. As a result, she is marginalized by the faculty and her peers, and her life begins to unravel.

This is a moving novel about love, betrayal, and the courage to stand up for what one believes, as well as a searing indictment of the hypocrisy and intellectual sloth that threaten the integrity of our society.

 

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Praise for Fields of Exile

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Cynthia Ozick

Nora Gold’s Fields of Exile is a gripping tale. It is also a novel of ideas in the tradition of George Eliot, Doris Lessing and Marge Piercy, but one that is filled with real characters, a literary sensibility, and a powerful example of the near-fatal consequences of anti-Israel aggression. The heroine Judith’s vulnerability, dreaminess, erotic imagination, and knowledge of Jewish traditions in both kitchen and yeshiva drew me close and kept me there, and I could not put this book down. I wanted to scream to her, though: “Danger Ahead! Proceed with Caution,” but she could not hear me. I hope and pray that this novel’s readers do.
— Phyllis Chesler, author of The New Antisemitism and An American Bride in Kabul

Nora Gold’s Fields of Exile restores one’s faith in the possibilities of the novel. It is truly a novel of ideas, a brave book that ventures into territory from which nonfiction has shied away and even obscured the truth. With a lyrical flair Nora Gold has delivered a novel that casts a light onto the ivory tower in ways that should unsettle the faculty lounge.
Thane Rosenbaum, author of The Golems of Gotham and Second Hand Smoke

My God, what a masterful work! What evocative rendering of feelings, what incisive examination of issues, and what well-developed relationships! I was fully engaged the whole time I was reading and have come back to the novel in memory several times since putting it down. And the subject couldn’t be more timely. A fabulous accomplishment!
Ellen Frankel, former Editor-in-Chief and CEO of the Jewish Publication Society

Nora Gold’s Fields of Exile is a fine novel: poignant, passionate, compelling, and funny, an adventure of the heart and mind. I don’t think anybody has nailed the way anti-Israel feeling gives the license for antisemitism as well as Gold has here, and you won’t find a more unflinching examination of the terrible ironies inherent in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, or a more compelling portrait of the personal toll exacted from those who face these ironies with courage. This is an emotionally fraught, distinguished novel, often as humorous as it is harrowing.
Steve Stern, author of The Frozen Rabbi and The Book of Mischief

An engrossing read. A revealing and searing portrayal of moral courage and commitment amidst hypocrisy and betrayal, seen through a cross-cultural looking-glass.
Irwin Cotler, Emeritus Professor of Law, McGill University

In Fields of Exile, Nora Gold succeeds fully in making her characters debate social and political themes as an expression of their personal complex contradictions. They are luminously alive. This novel is about men and women who are trying to understand and define their relations to each other, as well as their place in society. Wonderful reading.
Naïm Kattan, author of Farewell Babylon and Reality and Theatre

The yearning for true peace and human compassion blooms in these fields of exile. Judith, the protagonist, much like Nora Gold the author, searches relentlessly for ways to fix the flaws of our world. This is a novel written with an open heart and a loving hand, and with the hope that literature can somehow make amends. After crossing many fields of exile we, like Judith, shall finally find our way home.
Nava Semel, author of And the Rat Laughed and Paper Bride

“My heart is in the East and I am in the far, far West.” Seldom has anyone expressed so well as Nora Gold the yearning for Zion that remains within every fibre of one who has been torn away from a life of fulfilment in Israel and condemned unwillingly to return to the anti-Zionism/antisemitism of exile. A brave book that courageously takes on the ambivalences of Jewish life in the Diaspora – ambivalences that mirror those of the protagonist, torn between two very different lovers.
Alice Shalvi, Israel Prize laureate

A novel about a difficult subject ─ antisemitism in the university ─ written with passion and fervour.
Ann Birstein, author of Summer Situations and The Rabbi on Forty-seventh Street

A flawless novel. Nora Gold effortlessly melds passion and politics in a read that no one should miss. A great book that deserves a permanent place in the canon of the diaspora.
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Reviews, Interviews, Articles, Guest Blogs, and Media Coverage

  • Review in Bookmovement.com – May 23, 2016 – Norm  Goldman
  • Review in Hadassah Magazine – Gloria Goldreich
  • Review in Lilith Magazine – Yona Zeldis McDonough
  • Review in Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies – Goldie Morgentaler
  • Radio interview on Voice of Israel – Campus Antisemitism Meets Fiction in Fields of Exile – Interviewer Judy Lash Balint
  • Essay/Review in Mosaic Magazine – The Herd of Independent Minds – Ruth Wisse
  • Review in Association of Jewish Libraries – Yossi Gremillion
  • Radio interview on Jewish Digest (Radio Centreville) – Interviewer Leslie Lutsky
  • Interview with Dundurn News – Writing Fiction: Nora Gold’s Why, When, and What
  • Interview in Brockton Writers Series Blog – Brockton Writers Series with Nora Gold
  • Radio interview on That’s Life (NSN) – Interviewer Miriam Wallach
  • Radio interview on 96.3 FM / MZ Radio / Zoomer – Interviewer John van Driel
  • In-depth interview in The Puritan – We Must Use, and Not Waste, This Power: An Interview with Nora Gold – Interviewer Tracy Kyncl
  • Review in the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin – Novel Captures the Effect of Anti-Israel Bigotry on Jewish University Students – Michael Regenstreif
  • Review in the Jerusalem Post (Weekend Magazine) – The New Anti-Semitism in the Fields of ‘Galut’ – Atara Beck
  • Op-ed review in Arutz Sheva (Israel National News) – A Novel of Ideas in the Era of Anti-Israelism – Rochel Sylvetsky
  • Review in Jewish Book Week (JBW) Book Club (London) – Fields of Exile by Nora Gold – Lucy Silver
  • Review in the Jewish Press – An Israel Love Story with a Twist – Lori Lowenthal Marcus
  • Radio interview on Let’s Get Lit (TLV1) – Interviewer Ilene Prusher
  • Review in Jewish Renaissance (UK) – Fields of Exile by Nora Gold – Shoshana Ish-Horowicz
  • Feature article in The Times of Israel – Leftist Canadian Author Explains her Slow Drift to the Right –  Michael Posner
  • Interview in Lilith Magazine – Golden Words: Q&A With Author, Editor, Activist Nora Gold – Yona Zeldis McDonough
  • Review in the Jerusalem Post – Israel Hate Up Close and Personal – Petra Marquardt-Bigman
  • Review in Shalom Toronto – First Novel About Campus Antisemitism Profoundly Disturbing – Doris Strub Epstein
  • Interview in Open Book Toronto – On Writing, with Nora Gold – Interviewer Grace O’Connell
  • Review in the Canadian Jewish News – Novel Lowers Reader into the Cauldron of Antisemitism on Campus – Bill Gladstone
  • Interview in Shalom Life – Exclusive Interview with Toronto Jewish Literary Festival Authors Nora Gold and Matti Friedman – Interviewer Ashley Baylen
  • Guest blog #1 in The Jewish Book Council’s “The Prosen People” – Leah Goldberg, Me, and the Search for a Title for My New Book
  • Guest blog #2 in The Jewish Book Council’s “The Prosen People – Feeding Other Writers, and Myself
  • Guest blog in Open Book Ontario (Fiction Craft) – How Do You Choose Titles for Your Works? – Shaun Smith
  • Interview in My Bookshelf – Helpful to Israel and the Jewish People: An Interview with Nora Gold – Interviewer Erika Dreifus
  • Interview in The Whole Megillah – Guest: Nora Gold – Interviewer Barbara Krasner
  • Article in The Algemeiner – Looking at Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism From a Literary Perspective
  • Review at hurryupharry.org – Campus Antisemitism in Canada: Nora Gold’s Fields of Exile – Sarah Brown
  • Review in The Times of Israel – BDS in Canada: Through the Eyes of an Author – Marc Goldberg
  • Review in the Times of Israel – Fields of Antisemitism – Ellis Shuman
  • Article in the Toronto Star – The Real Agenda of Israel Apartheid Week
  • Fields of Exile was mentioned in The Forward (Erika Dreifus) as one of “The 5 Jewish Books to Read in 2014”

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Acclaimed actors Marilyn Lightstone (Toronto) and David Mandelbaum (New York) read an excerpt from Fields of Exile at the Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto, on August 31, 2014, as part of Jewish Fiction .net’s fourth birthday celebration.

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The Dead Man

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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 traveled 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 was chosen as one of the “Top 10 Books of 2017” by UK book blogger “Left on the Shelf” (along with David Grossman’s A Horse Walks Into A Bar and 8 others)

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.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Purchase From Amazon" style="classic" shape="square" color="default" size="sm" link="url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FDead-Man-Nora-Gold%2Fdp%2F1771332611||"][vc_btn title="Purchase From Indiebound" style="classic" shape="square" color="default" size="sm" link="url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.indiebound.org%2Fbook%2F9781771332613||"][vc_btn title="Invite Dr. Gold" style="classic" shape="square" color="default" size="sm" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.noragold.com%2Fcontact||"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id="hebrew"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="2714" img_size="medium"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]

The Dead Man, with the support of a Translation Grant from Canada Council for the Arts, was published in Hebrew as  האיש המת!

Interview (in English) on Israeli national radio: Gold was interviewed about האיש המת on כאן (the Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation), on the English-language nightly news program. September 12, 2019.

The Dead Man in Hebrew, האיש המת, was listed as a recommended book in Yediot Ahronot national newspaper: Yediot Ahronot recommends האיש המת in its weekend literary supplement, מוסף 7 לילות. August 30, 2019.

Interview (in Hebrew) on Israeli national radio: Gold was interviewed about האיש המת on כאן (the Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation) on the literary program מה שכרוך עם יובל אביבי ומיה סלע. (Her segment runs from 21:07-34:33; the interview is in Hebrew). August 19, 2019.

Jerusalem Post article: An article about האיש המת in the Jerusalem Post. August 15, 2019.

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Praise for The Dead Man


Nora Gold writes brilliantly, both when she describes sensual experiences and physical surroundings, and when she’s detailing the workings of the heart and the mind, and the frequent conflict between the two. She brilliantly evokes music to convey emotions, mood, even physical relationships, which is a fascinating and novel way of conveying sensations, feelings, and intellectual life – in fact the whole gamut of human experience. A marvelous book.
Alice Shalvi, Israel Prize laureate

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

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Reviews, News, Mentions, Blogs

Reviews: 

  • Review of האיש המת (The Dead Man in Hebrew) in Iton 77, the Israeli literary journal – January 2020
  • University of Toronto Quarterly. “Established Fiction.” – Summer, 2018
  • Canadian Literature. “Hath Not A Jew.” – December, 2017
  • Los Angeles Review of Books“Gold adventures in difficult emotional terrain and achieves something beautiful, transformative, and life-affirming.” – Maria Bloshteyn, April 17, 2017
  • Women in Judaism – “A fascinating novel of psychological drama. Keeps readers sitting on the edge of their chairs.” – Published 2017 (Issue 13/2)
  • 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


Interviews, News, and Mentions:
 

  • November 11, 2020 – Featured by The Miramichi Reader as one of two Canadian Jewish authors it is highlighting this month in honour of Jewish Book Month
  • Interview on Goodreads, “Interview With An Author” with Lisa de Nikolits, April 30, 2020.
  • The Dead Man was chosen as one of the “Top 10 Books of 2017” by UK book blogger “Left on the Shelf” (along with David Grossman’s book)
  • Interview with Radio Sefarad (Madrid, Spain) – December 27, 2017
  • Interview with The Times of Israel about Jewish fiction – August 6, 2017
  • Podcast interview with The Strong Women’s Club (its series on Inspiring Women) – First aired July 7, 2017
  • Contributing author to the “150 authors for Canada 150” project of 49th Shelf and Amazon. (See recommendation #70.) – July 1, 2017
  • Gold’s story “Yosepha” was published in The New Spice Box, an anthology of Canadian Jewish writing – June 2017
  • Radio interview on “Finding A Voice” Literary Program, CFRC (Kingston, Queen’s University): An Interview with Nora Gold – February 10, 2017
  • The Winnipeg Review – “Almost Perfect Symmetry”: An Interview with Nora Gold – January 16, 2017
  • Musical Toronto – “Ho Ho Ho or Oh No No? The Problem with Christmas Music Programming” – November 30, 2016
  • Canadian Jewish News – “Highlights of the Fourth Annual Jewish Book Festival” – November 9, 2016
  • “In Character” Interview with Open Book Toronto – October 20, 2016
  • An excerpt from The Dead Man read by Nora Gold on YouTube. (With her in the video is Alice Shalvi.) – August 25, 2016
  • The Dead Man is included in A Bibliography of Musical Fiction by John R. Gibbs of University of Washington – September, 2016
  • The Dead Man was discussed on CBC Radio’s “Home Run” program, with Sue Smith and Richard King – May 11, 2016
  • The Dead Man was selected for the 49th Shelf‘s list of “Most Anticipated Spring 2016 Fiction” – May 2, 2016
  • Literary Press Group – “New and Notable Spring 2016 Books.” – May 2016
  • NewPages – “New Fiction Arrivals” – May 2016
  • Quill & Quire – “Spring Preview 2016 – Fiction.” – May 2016
  • All Lit Up – “Books Tagged: Contemporary Women.” – May 2016
  • Jewish Book World – May 2016
  • The Canadian Jewish News published Chapter One of The Dead Man in its 2016 Passover Literary Supplement – April 20, 2016
  • Jewish Fiction .net published Chapter One of The Dead Man in its Pesach 2016 Issue – April 19, 2016


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THE DEAD MAN, WITH A TRANSLATION GRANT FROM CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS, HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN HEBREW: האיש המת

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Videos

Dorit Rabinyan reads an excerpt from האיש המת, Nora Gold’s The Dead Man in Hebrew, at the book launch of האיש המת at Sipur Pashut bookstore in Tel Aviv, August 1, 2019.

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.

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Fields of Exile 2

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Fields of Exile

Judith is a young woman who lived in Israel for a decade, was a peace activist there, and defines herself as “left-wing,” yet in graduate school back in Canada, she discovers that vilification of Israel is the expected norm. When the keynote speaker for Anti-Oppression Day turns out to be a supporter of terrorist attacks not only against Israeli military targets, but also against Israeli civilians and Jews around the world, Judith protests. As a result, she is marginalized by the faculty and her peers, and her life begins to unravel. This is a moving novel about love, betrayal, and the courage to stand up for what one believes, as well as a searing indictment of the hypocrisy and intellectual sloth that threaten the integrity of our society. Available on May 3 in Canada, on May 27 in the USA, and on June 25 in the UK. It is already available in all these places for order on Amazon. [vc_button url="http://www.amazon.ca/Fields-Exile-Nora-Gold/dp/1459721462" text="Purchase" size="small" align="left" type="primary" icon="" color="{{color}}" target="_blank"][vc_button url="#invitegold" text="Invite Dr. Gold" size="small" align="left" type="primary" icon="" color="{{color}}"][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_separator type="invisible" size="small"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]

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[/vc_column_text][vc_accordion toggle="yes"][vc_accordion_tab title="From Phyllis Chesler, Thane Rosenbaum, Irwin Cotler, Steve Stern, Nava Semel, Naim Kattan, Alice Shalvi, and Ann Birstein"][vc_column_text]Nora Gold’s Fields of Exile is a gripping tale. It is also a novel of ideas in the tradition of George Elliot, Doris Lessing and Marge Piercy, but one that is filled with real characters, a literary sensibility, and a powerful example of the near-fatal consequences of anti-Israel aggression. The heroine Judith’s vulnerability, dreaminess, erotic imagination, and knowledge of Jewish traditions in both kitchen and yeshiva drew me close and kept me there, and I could not put this book down. I wanted to scream to her, though: “Danger Ahead! Proceed with Caution,” but she could not hear me. I hope and pray that this novel’s readers do. — Phyllis Chesler, The New Antisemitism and An American Bride in Kabul Nora Gold’s Fields of Exile restores one’s faith in the possibilities of the novel. It is truly a novel of ideas, a brave book that ventures into territory from which nonfiction has shied away and even obscured the truth. With a lyrical flair Nora Gold has delivered a novel that casts a light onto the ivory tower in ways that should unsettle the faculty lounge. —Thane Rosenbaum, author of The Golems of Gotham and Second Hand Smoke Nora Gold’s Fields of Exile is a fine novel: poignant, passionate, compelling, and funny, an adventure of the heart and mind. I don’t think anybody has nailed the way anti-Israel feeling gives the license for antisemitism as well as Gold has here, and you won’t find a more unflinching examination of the terrible ironies inherent in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, or a more compelling portrait of the personal toll exacted from those who these ironies with courage. This is an emotionally fraught, distinguished novel, often as humorous as it is harrowing. — Steve Stern, author of The Frozen Rabbi and The Book of Mischief An engrossing read. A revealing and searing portrayal of moral courage and commitment amidst hypocrisy and betrayal, seen through a cross-cultural looking-glass. — Irwin Cotler, Emeritus Professor of Law, McGill University In Fields of Exile, Nora Gold succeeds fully in making her characters debate social and political themes as an expression of their personal complex contradictions. They are luminously alive. This novel is about men and women who are trying to understand and define their relations to each other, as well as their place in society. Wonderful reading. — Naïm Kattan, author of Farewell Babylon and Reality and Theatre The yearning for true peace and human compassion blooms in these fields of exile. Judith, the protagonist, much like Nora Gold the author, searches relentlessly for ways to fix the flaws of our world. This is a novel written with an open heart and a loving hand, and with the hope that literature can somehow make amends. After crossing many fields of exile we, like Judith, shall finally find our way home. — Nava Semel, author of And the Rat Laughed and Paper Bride “My heart is in the East and I am in the far, far West.” Seldom has anyone expressed so well as Nora Gold the yearning for Zion that remains within every fibre of one who has been torn away from a life of fulfilment in Israel and condemned unwillingly to return to the anti-Zionism/antisemitism of exile. A brave book that courageously takes on the ambivalences of Jewish life in the Diaspora – ambivalences that mirror those of the protagonist, torn between two very different lovers. — Alice Shalvi, Israel Prize laureate A novel about a difficult subject ─ antisemitism in the university ─ written with passion and fervour. — Ann Birstein, author of Summer Situations and The Rabbi on Forty-seventh Street[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_separator type="invisible"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row parallax_speed="normal"][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_separator type="invisible" size="small"][vc_column_text]

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Marrow and Other Stories

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Marrow and Other Stories

“Bravo!”
— Alice Munro 

Marrow and Other Stories won a 1999 Canadian Jewish Book Award, was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award, and received glowing reviews.

 

Nora Gold’s Marrow and Other Stories is a compassionate, sophisticated exposé of the inner struggles of contemporary women… The characters in these seven richly imagined stories wrestle with universal moral issues – loss of faith, infidelity, the selfishness (or duty?) of serving one’s needs, forgiveness, religious contradictions. Darkly comic, laser-sharp prose cuts to the bone; questions sharpened with guilt, anger and empathy engage… Playful language and an uncanny understanding of the relationship between the sexes rival Gold’s top-notch descriptive powers… A profoundly intelligent, wickedly humourous exploration of the language of the soul.
– The Globe & Mail, Thea Caplan

 

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  • The novella, “Flesh,” from Marrow and Other Stories won a Wattpad New Stories Award in 2013.
  • Marrow and Other Stories won a Canadian Jewish Book Award (The Louis Lockshin Prize for Short Fiction), 1999.
  • “Marrow,” the title story, won a cash-and-book prize at the Eden Mills Writing Contest (1994).
  • “Marrow” was anthologized in Vital Signs, an anthology of promising new Canadian women writers, edited by Diane Schoemperlen.
  • Marrow and Other Stories was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award, a prize for the best first short story collection in Canada (1999).
  • Part of the story “The Prayer” was set to Benjamin Britten’s music and read as part of the Yom Kippur service at Temple Emmanuel in Toronto (Rabbi Bielfeld), 1999.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title="Reviews"][vc_column_text]“Bravo!” Alice Munro (after reading the title story, “Marrow”)

Nora Gold’s Marrow and Other Stories is a compassionate, sophisticated exposé of the inner struggles of contemporary women… The characters in these seven richly imagined stories wrestle with universal moral issues – loss of faith, infidelity, the selfishness (or duty?) of serving one’s needs, forgiveness, religious contradictions. Darkly comic, laser-sharp prose cuts to the bone; questions sharpened with guilt, anger and empathy engage… Playful language and an uncanny understanding of the relationship between the sexes rival Gold’s top-notch descriptive powers… A profoundly intelligent, wickedly humourous exploration of the language of the soul.
– The Globe & Mail, Thea Caplan

As heartwarming and delightful as Ann Tyler or Anita Brookner… Vivid and stunning allusions from our ancient literature.
– Canadian Jewish News, Bill Gladstone

Extraordinarily powerful stories that take us where no Jewish women’s fiction has gone before… The reader can’t pull away…We’re touched to the bone… Terrific fiction.
 Lilith, Susan Weidman Schneider

This is a passionate collection. The story, “Marrow,” is moving, along with others, and “Miniatures,” a clever conceit (as in a jeweler’s term), each facet different and illuminating. The stories slip in and out of Israel, in and out of resident/alien consciousness, in and out of the present and the Biblical. Quite a feat.
 Esther (E.M.) Broner

“Only connect,” the British novelist E.M. Forster wrote inHowards End. These simple words, on the imperative of love, capture the essence of this debut collection of short stories. Some of Nora Gold’s characters are painfully isolated, by grief or disillusionment or despair. But the potential for connection – indeed, the yearning for it – underlies these seven stories like a gravitational force. There’s passion here, but also the kind of moral seriousness you don’t often find outside of philosophy texts. And talk about bravely unfashionable! Religious faith is far from being a trendy theme in contemporary fiction. Yet there are two stories dealing with characters whose spiritual beliefs… are central to their lives. Not that there’s anything preachy about the stories in Marrow… “Flesh” is a gem of a story… “The Prayer” is a tribute to the redemptive power of ritual words and religious tradition. And the power of fictional words? Several stories in Gold’s Marrow memorably bear witness to that.
Toronto Star, Barbara Carey

Every now and then a gem of a book appears on the Canadian Jewish scene that both delights and resonates with its authenticity. Nora Gold’s recently published Marrow and Other Stories is such a book.
Hamilton Jewish News, Wendy Schneider

The body is a common metaphor for discussing fiction. Yet, while we tend to focus on a narrative’s “flesh” and “skeleton,” we rarely consider what goes on inside the bones. This is the fresh perspective taken by Nora Gold in her excellent first short-story collection. It may seem ridiculous to compare fiction and bone marrow, but Gold’s writing about women and their losses encourages us to do so. She urges us to look for deeper significance – not by looking outward toward universality, but by looking inward at the way we have constructed ourselves. At its most fundamental, this dissection implicates the language which we use to understand ourselves and to communicate, and in which Gold writes… asking us to reconsider the binary of right and wrong that language sets up. While these stories may depict profound sorrows, they radiate vitality… Dazzling characterization…Marrow and Other Stories is a remarkable achievement.
Books in Canada, Alana Wilcox

A unique reading experience.
New Brunswick Telegraph, Trudy Kelly Forsythe

Gold is a skilful sorcerer who ventures fearlessly into dangerous territory, and embraces her characters with compassion and insight.
Hadassah Magazine, Gloria Goldreich

A remarkable collection of seven powerful short stories… Gold brilliantly catches the loves, the losses and the games in the lives of Jewish women.
Jewish Advocate (Boston), Sylvia Rothchild

Marrow is such a remarkable literary achievement that Gold is being called “the Jewish Alice Munro.”
Jewish Tribune, Doris Strub Epstein

The stories I like best are whispers in my ear… Chekhov, Grace Paley, Isaac Singer, Elizabeth Bowen are all whisperers… Nora Gold is a whisperer, too.
Na’amat Woman, Esther Cohen

Gold explores what it is that makes us essentially human… She creates characters who emerge from the text to take our hands and inhabit our lives.
Montreal Gazette, Monique Polak

Nora Gold is a master of the ambiguities of human behaviour.
Nashim, Rochelle Furstenberg

Nora Gold’s great gift in this auspicious first collection is to take us deep and mesmerizingly into interior spaces that have never before been explored – the transfiguring trance of a woman, a non-believer, chanting the Hebrew prayers; the hypnotized ardour of a clever Jewish girl who finds a dangerous rabbinic mentor; the oceanic secret life of a female hermit… Gold’s eye for the detail and complexity of women’s lives is sharp, but her touch with her characters, male and female, is generously humane.
Michele Landsberg

In this powerful debut collection, Nora Gold grapples with the themes which most compel us all: loss, loneliness, betrayal, fear, and faith. With unflinching honesty and thought-provoking insight, she leads us repeatedly to the pivotal point where all seems lost and then digs deeper to discover what remains.
Diane Schoemperlen

“Flesh” is a richly atmospheric and wonderfully readable novella, a remarkable debut for Nora Gold.
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  • Books in Canada, May 1999, pp. 36-37, Alana Wilcox.
  • Bridges, “The Search for Meaning and Peace: Crossing Boundaries in Savyon Liebrecht and Nora Gold,” Vol. 8, Nos. 1-2, pp. 158-161, Esther Fuchs.
  • Jewish Tribune, “Nora Gold: The Jewish Alice Munro,” March 14, 2005, Doris Strub Epstein.
  • Literary Review of Canada, “Darkness and Light,” April 1999, Vol. 7, No. 7, pp. 23-25, Ruth Panofsky.
  • Globe & Mail, “Risk-taking Stories Probe Soul of Love,” June 20, 1998, p. D16, Thea Caplan.
  • Montreal Gazette, “Heart of Gold,” August 29, 1998, Monique Polak.
  • Lilith, Fall 1999, p. 39, Susan Weidman Schneider.
  • Hadassah Magazine, Fall 1999, Gloria Goldreich.
  • Toronto Star, “The Need to Really Connect: Nora Gold’s Debut Ponders the Role of Faith,” August 22, 1998, p. M14, Barbara Carey.
  • Toronto Star (Feature Article), “In Search of Secrets,” August 16, 1998, p. 1 of Section C (People), Leslie Scrivener.
  • The Jewish Advocate (Boston), “Nora Gold Offers Portraits of Passionate Jewish Women,” Jan. 15-21, 1999, Sylvia Rothchild.
  • New Brunswick Telegraph, “Flesh and Bones,” October 3, 1998, Trudy Kelly Forsythe.
  • Canadian Jewish News, “Nora Gold Shines in Longer Works,” October 28, 1999, p. 40, Bill Gladstone.
  • Na’amat Woman, Fall 1999, Vol. 14, No. 4, p. 25, Esther Cohen.
  • Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies & Gender Issues, Spring/Summer 2000, No. 3, pp. 267-272, Rochelle Furstenberg.
  • Hamilton Jewish News, Sept. 1998, p. 18, Wendy Schneider.
  • Id Magazine, Sept. 17, 1998, Christine Mathieson.

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Fields of Exile

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Fields of Exile

Winner of the 2015 Canadian Jewish Literary Award

Cynthia Ozick: Brave and luminous. I read this novel with nonstop enthralled admiration.
Steve Stern: Poignant, passionate, compelling, and funny. A distinguished novel.
Phyllis Chesler: A novel of ideas in the tradition of George Eliot, Doris Lessing, and Marge Piercy.
Ruth Wisse: I am grateful for this work of fiction.
Thane Rosenbaum: Fields of Exile restores one’s faith in the possibilities of the novel.

Judith is a young woman who lived in Israel for a decade, was a peace activist there, and defines herself as “left-wing,” yet in graduate school back in Canada, she discovers that vilification of Israel is the expected norm. When the keynote speaker for Anti-Oppression Day turns out to be a supporter of terrorist attacks not only against Israeli military targets, but also against Israeli civilians and Jews around the world, Judith protests. As a result, she is marginalized by the faculty and her peers, and her life begins to unravel.

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[/vc_column_text][vc_accordion][vc_accordion_tab title="READ HERE: Praise from Cynthia Ozick, Phyllis Chesler, Thane Rosenbaum, Ellen Frankel, Steve Stern, Irwin Cotler, Naim Kattan, Nava Semel, Alice Shalvi, Ann Birstein, and Pamela Ryder"][vc_column_text]Brave and luminous. I read this novel with nonstop enthralled admiration.
Cynthia Ozick

Nora Gold’s Fields of Exile is a gripping tale. It is also a novel of ideas in the tradition of George Eliot, Doris Lessing and Marge Piercy, but one that is filled with real characters, a literary sensibility, and a powerful example of the near-fatal consequences of anti-Israel aggression. The heroine Judith’s vulnerability, dreaminess, erotic imagination, and knowledge of Jewish traditions in both kitchen and yeshiva drew me close and kept me there, and I could not put this book down. I wanted to scream to her, though: “Danger Ahead! Proceed with Caution,” but she could not hear me. I hope and pray that this novel’s readers do.
— Phyllis Chesler, author of The New Antisemitism and An American Bride in Kabul

Nora Gold’s Fields of Exile restores one’s faith in the possibilities of the novel. It is truly a novel of ideas, a brave book that ventures into territory from which nonfiction has shied away and even obscured the truth. With a lyrical flair Nora Gold has delivered a novel that casts a light onto the ivory tower in ways that should unsettle the faculty lounge.
Thane Rosenbaum, author of The Golems of Gotham and Second Hand Smoke

My God, what a masterful work! What evocative rendering of feelings, what incisive examination of issues, and what well-developed relationships! I was fully engaged the whole time I was reading and have come back to the novel in memory several times since putting it down. And the subject couldn’t be more timely. A fabulous accomplishment!
Ellen Frankel, former Editor-in-Chief and CEO of the Jewish Publication Society

Nora Gold’s Fields of Exile is a fine novel: poignant, passionate, compelling, and funny, an adventure of the heart and mind. I don’t think anybody has nailed the way anti-Israel feeling gives the license for antisemitism as well as Gold has here, and you won’t find a more unflinching examination of the terrible ironies inherent in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, or a more compelling portrait of the personal toll exacted from those who face these ironies with courage. This is an emotionally fraught, distinguished novel, often as humorous as it is harrowing.
Steve Stern, author of The Frozen Rabbi and The Book of Mischief

An engrossing read. A revealing and searing portrayal of moral courage and commitment amidst hypocrisy and betrayal, seen through a cross-cultural looking-glass.
Irwin Cotler, Emeritus Professor of Law, McGill University

In Fields of Exile, Nora Gold succeeds fully in making her characters debate social and political themes as an expression of their personal complex contradictions. They are luminously alive. This novel is about men and women who are trying to understand and define their relations to each other, as well as their place in society. Wonderful reading.
Naïm Kattan, author of Farewell Babylon and Reality and Theatre

The yearning for true peace and human compassion blooms in these fields of exile. Judith, the protagonist, much like Nora Gold the author, searches relentlessly for ways to fix the flaws of our world. This is a novel written with an open heart and a loving hand, and with the hope that literature can somehow make amends. After crossing many fields of exile we, like Judith, shall finally find our way home.
Nava Semel, author of And the Rat Laughed and Paper Bride

“My heart is in the East and I am in the far, far West.” Seldom has anyone expressed so well as Nora Gold the yearning for Zion that remains within every fibre of one who has been torn away from a life of fulfilment in Israel and condemned unwillingly to return to the anti-Zionism/antisemitism of exile. A brave book that courageously takes on the ambivalences of Jewish life in the Diaspora – ambivalences that mirror those of the protagonist, torn between two very different lovers.
Alice Shalvi, Israel Prize laureate

A novel about a difficult subject ─ antisemitism in the university ─ written with passion and fervour.
Ann Birstein, author of Summer Situations and The Rabbi on Forty-seventh Street

A flawless novel. Nora Gold effortlessly melds passion and politics in a read that no one should miss. A great book that deserves a permanent place in the canon of the diaspora.
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Reviews, Interviews, Articles, Guest Blogs, and Media Coverage

  • Review in Bookmovement.com – May 23, 2016 – Norm  Goldman
  • Review in Hadassah Magazine – Gloria Goldreich
  • Review in Lilith Magazine – Yona Zeldis McDonough
  • Review in Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies – Goldie Morgentaler
  • Radio interview on Voice of Israel – Campus Antisemitism Meets Fiction in Fields of Exile – Interviewer Judy Lash Balint
  • Essay/Review in Mosaic Magazine – The Herd of Independent Minds – Ruth Wisse
  • Review in Association of Jewish Libraries – Yossi Gremillion
  • Radio interview on Jewish Digest (Radio Centreville) – Interviewer Leslie Lutsky
  • Interview with Dundurn News – Writing Fiction: Nora Gold’s Why, When, and What
  • Interview in Brockton Writers Series Blog – Brockton Writers Series with Nora Gold
  • Radio interview on That’s Life (NSN) – Interviewer Miriam Wallach
  • Radio interview on 96.3 FM / MZ Radio / Zoomer – Interviewer John van Driel
  • In-depth interview in The Puritan – We Must Use, and Not Waste, This Power: An Interview with Nora Gold – Interviewer Tracy Kyncl
  • Review in the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin – Novel Captures the Effect of Anti-Israel Bigotry on Jewish University Students – Michael Regenstreif
  • Review in the Jerusalem Post (Weekend Magazine) – The New Anti-Semitism in the Fields of ‘Galut’ – Atara Beck
  • Op-ed review in Arutz Sheva (Israel National News) – A Novel of Ideas in the Era of Anti-Israelism – Rochel Sylvetsky
  • Review in Jewish Book Week (JBW) Book Club (London) – Fields of Exile by Nora Gold – Lucy Silver
  • Review in the Jewish Press – An Israel Love Story with a Twist – Lori Lowenthal Marcus
  • Radio interview on Let’s Get Lit (TLV1) – Interviewer Ilene Prusher
  • Review in Jewish Renaissance (UK) – Fields of Exile by Nora Gold – Shoshana Ish-Horowicz
  • Feature article in The Times of Israel – Leftist Canadian Author Explains her Slow Drift to the Right –  Michael Posner
  • Interview in Lilith Magazine – Golden Words: Q&A With Author, Editor, Activist Nora Gold – Yona Zeldis McDonough
  • Review in the Jerusalem Post – Israel Hate Up Close and Personal – Petra Marquardt-Bigman
  • Review in Shalom Toronto – First Novel About Campus Antisemitism Profoundly Disturbing – Doris Strub Epstein
  • Interview in Open Book Toronto – On Writing, with Nora Gold – Interviewer Grace O’Connell
  • Review in the Canadian Jewish News – Novel Lowers Reader into the Cauldron of Antisemitism on Campus – Bill Gladstone
  • Interview in Shalom Life – Exclusive Interview with Toronto Jewish Literary Festival Authors Nora Gold and Matti Friedman – Interviewer Ashley Baylen
  • Guest blog #1 in The Jewish Book Council’s “The Prosen People” – Leah Goldberg, Me, and the Search for a Title for My New Book
  • Guest blog #2 in The Jewish Book Council’s “The Prosen People – Feeding Other Writers, and Myself
  • Guest blog in Open Book Ontario (Fiction Craft) – How Do You Choose Titles for Your Works? – Shaun Smith
  • Interview in My Bookshelf – Helpful to Israel and the Jewish People: An Interview with Nora Gold – Interviewer Erika Dreifus
  • Interview in The Whole Megillah – Guest: Nora Gold – Interviewer Barbara Krasner
  • Article in The Algemeiner – Looking at Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism From a Literary Perspective
  • Review at hurryupharry.org – Campus Antisemitism in Canada: Nora Gold’s Fields of Exile – Sarah Brown
  • Review in The Times of Israel – BDS in Canada: Through the Eyes of an Author – Marc Goldberg
  • Review in the Times of Israel – Fields of Antisemitism – Ellis Shuman
  • Article in the Toronto Star – The Real Agenda of Israel Apartheid Week
  • Fields of Exile was mentioned in The Forward (Erika Dreifus) as one of “The 5 Jewish Books to Read in 2014”

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Acclaimed actors Marilyn Lightstone (Toronto) and David Mandelbaum (New York) read an excerpt from Fields of Exile at the Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto, on August 31, 2014, as part of Jewish Fiction .net’s fourth birthday celebration.

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Invite Nora Gold to Speak

Dr. Gold is an engaging, dynamic speaker whose talks have been enjoyed by many different kinds of groups and organizations. To invite Dr. Gold for a talk or program, please contact The Jewish Speakers Bureau.

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