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In Sickness and In Health / Yom Kippur in a Gym

In Sickness and In Health / Yom Kippur in a Gym


This flip book is comprised of two novellas:

In Sickness and In Health - Lily had epilepsy as a child, so her most cherished goal has always been to be “normal”. By age 45 she has a “normal” life, including a family, friends, and an artistic career, and no one, not even her husband, knows the truth about her past. But now some cartoons she drew threaten to reveal her childhood secret and destroy her marriage and everything she has worked so hard for. A moving novella about shame, secrets, disabilities, and the limits and power of love.

Yom Kippur in a Gym
- Five strangers at a Yom Kippur service in a gym are struggling with personal crises. Lucy can’t accept her husband’s Parkinson’s diagnosis. Ira, rejected by his lover, plans to commit suicide. Ezra is tormented by a mistake that ruined his career. Rachel worries about losing her job. Tom contemplates severing contact with his sisters. Then a medical emergency unexpectedly throws these five strangers together, and in one hour all their lives are changed in ways they would never have believed possible.



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About the author

Dr. Nora Gold is a prize-winning author. Her first book, Marrow and Other Stories, won a Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award and was praised by Alice Munro. Her second book, Fields of Exile, won the inaugural Canadian Jewish Literary Award for best novel, and was acclaimed by Ruth Wisse and Irwin Cotler. The Dead Man was honoured with a Canada Council translation grant and published in Hebrew. Her recent book, 18: Jewish Stories Translated from 18 Languages, which was praised by Cynthia Ozick and Dara Horn, is an anthology of translated works that originally appeared in the prestigious literary journal that Gold founded and edits, Jewish Fiction .net (

Gold has a PhD in social work and, while a tenured professor, she conducted research on illness/disability, sexism, and antisemitism. After leaving her academic position to write fiction fulltime, she spent six years as the Writer-in-Residence at the Centre for Women’s Studies at OISE/University of Toronto where she created and coordinated the Wonderful Women Writers reading series.

Gold also co-founded three progressive Canadian organizations, all devoted to strengthening democracy, civil rights, and social justice in Israel. She is active on social media, posting daily on LinkedIn, where she has over 100,000 followers. For more about Nora, visit