find out more about gila's books

find out more about gila's books

White Zion is a novel in stories forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press (April 2019).

The novel takes readers into the worlds of 19th century Yemen, pre-State Israel, modern Israel and modern Canada. You will hear the voices of a young boy marveling at Israel's first air force on his own roof, the cry of a newly married woman helpless to defend herself against her new husband's desires, the anger of the heroine's uncle as he reveals startling secrets about his marriage and the fall-out after generations of war.

White Zion excerpt from "The End of Jewish Jerusalem"

I pictured my father then as a twelve-year-old boy in Israel’s first year of life: 1948. He was late for school again. He had spent too much time in the provisional control room on his roof, inhaling the sights and sounds of the emerging Israeli air force. There were pilots practically within arm’s reach speaking in low tones as they boiled water for their first cup of coffee. A few of them were sleeping in makeshift tents or single worn-out sleeping bags, but most had already scraped the last of the dysa, a hot breakfast cereal, out of their bowls and were preparing for another day of war.

"Assaf, get the leftovers while they are still hot. Assaf!" his mother called to him in Arabic. She does not speak Temani like his father, only Hebrew and Arabic.

Assaf scattered the rest of the yellow grains to the five rust-colored chickens they kept in their front yard and began to climb the wooden ladder the soldiers had attached to the back wall of their stone house: these were the stairs to the airport headquarters.

Reviews of White Zion

  • Draws Us Fully Into Her Narrative

    In a journey of generations from Aden to Palestine to Ottawa, one Yemenite family encounters new and difficult realities: racism and war, rejection and divorce, resourceful survival and tragic death. With smells of delicious breads wafting up from the page, embroidering detail upon detail in fine literary stitch, Gila Green draws us fully into her narrative, as she generously shares with us the hidden core of family life and the stories she is not afraid to tell.

    Yael Unterman, author of The Hidden of Things: Twelve Stories of Love & Longing

  • Heart-Wrenching Characters

    Imagine a group of friends and relatives coming together throughout the afternoon over food and drink, staying late into the evening to share stories that engender laughter, tears, empathy and admiration. The profoundly satisfying stories in White Zion are rich in intimate detail, peopled with a cast of heart-wrenching characters at once familiar and unique, a gathering of personalities that leaves me reluctant to leave their company and eager to revisit them.

    Pearl Luke, author of Burning Ground and Madame Zee

  • Gritty Yet Shimmering Stories

    I'm not exaggerating here one bit.

    It’s titled ‘White Zion’ but Gila Green paints from all the colors/hues of the Jewish palette. These gritty yet shimmering stories get into you. I read them all in two swoops, then stayed up for an hour or two, maybe four, waiting for my heart to return to normal.

    Ruchama King Feuerman, author of In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist and Seven Blessings

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White Zion

White Zion

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