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Fields of Exile
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Fields of Exile
by Nora Gold
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2015 Canadian Jewish Literary Awards - Winner, Fiction

Judith finds the courage to stand up for her beliefs and protest anti-Semitic hypocrisy.

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.

'Wistful Woman' painting on the cover was created by Peter Worsley (http://www.peterworsley.com/), and used with the artist’s permission.

2015 Canadian Jewish Literary Awards - Winner, Fiction

Judith finds the courage to stand up for her beliefs and protest anti-Semitic hypocrisy.

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.

'Wistful Woman' painting on the cover was created by Peter Worsley (http://www.peterworsley.com/), and used with the artist’s permission.

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  • Nora Gold is a prize-winning author and activist. Her first book, Marrow and Other Stories, won a Canadian Jewish Book Award. Gold is editor-in-chief of the literary journal JewishFiction.net and associate scholar at OISE/University of Toronto's Centre for Women's Studies. She lives in Toronto.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 3, 2014
    After a decade spent as a left-wing peace activist in Israel, Judith Gallanter returns to her native Canada to fulfill a promise to her dying father that she will complete her graduate studies, in Gold’s debut novel (following the collection Marrow and Other Stories). She finds the Dunhill School of Social Work a nest of backstabbing, second-rate academics, and anti-Semitism that hides behind a facade of anti-Zionism in the supposedly open-minded community. Judith feels trapped in a Canada that is hostile to Zionists like herself, and she becomes a marginalized pariah at Dunhill, where political tensions are gradually escalating to the point of violence. Unfortunately, the weak link in this story is Judith herself: she is never particularly believable as the starry-eyed idealist of the left we are told she is, and her conversion to a more hard-line position is therefore unconvincing. This subject matter demands a great novel, but sadly Gold’s novel is not great.

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