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In Sickness and In Health / Yom Kippur in a Gym

In Sickness and In Health / Yom Kippur in a Gym

By Nora Gold

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, is planning suicide. Rachel worries about losing her job. Ezra is tormented by a mistake that ruined his career. 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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230 pages |

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What is so wonderful and compelling about both these novellas is the deep compassion and understanding that Gold has for her characters. With insight and a keen sense of the conflicted, complex, vulnerable, hopeful and yes, beautiful condition of being fully human, both works do the necessary and inspiring work of making vivid what it is to be immersed in self, in consciousness, in relationships, in life itself.

In this excellent book, the writing always thrusts, compelling readers to see themselves in the characters’ frailties of body and soul and to ask themselves the questions of conscience and mortality that these novellas pose with eloquence.

With an astute eye, Nora Gold writes with depth and emotion. Her novellas, Yom Kippur in a Gymand In Sickness and In Health, delve the inner workings of the human heart. Her writing reminds us that we're all fallible beings, and her characters are living, breathing entities that reach out and touch our souls.

Faye Kellerman is the author of the best-selling Decker/Lazarus mystery series; her latest book is The Hunt

What is so wonderful and compelling about both these novellas is the deep compassion and understanding that Gold has for her characters. With insight and a keen sense of the conflicted, complex, vulnerable, hopeful and yes, beautiful condition of being fully human, both works do the necessary and inspiring work of making vivid what it is to be immersed in self, in consciousness, in relationships, in life itself.

Gary Barwin, award-winning author of Yiddish for Pirates and Nothing the Same Everything Haunted.

With an astute eye, Nora Gold writes with depth and emotion. Her novellas, Yom Kippur in a Gym and In Sickness and In Health, delve the inner workings of the human heart. Her writing reminds us that we're all fallible beings, and her characters are living, breathing entities that reach out and touch our souls.

Faye Kellerman is the author of the best-selling Decker/Lazarus mystery series; her latest book is The Hunt.

In this excellent book, the writing always thrusts, compelling readers to see themselves in the characters’ frailties of body and soul and to ask themselves the questions of conscience and mortality that these novellas pose with great eloquence.

Nomi Eve, author of The Family Orchard and Henna House and Director of the Drexel MFA in Creative Writing.

Nora Gold’s two novellas are full of wry humour and unusual perspectives, all wonderfully conveyed.

Norman Ravvin, professor at Concordia University, author of Who Gets In: An Immigration Story.

Nora Gold’s In Sickness and in Health /Yom Kippur in a Gym is exhilarating, hopeful, and deeply humane. I loved Yom Kippur in a Gym – its ingenious structure held my attention, and my affection grew for each one of its flawed but well-intentioned characters as they met a spiritual test that will leave them forever changed. I found In Sickness and in Health consoling (and dare I say spiritual), but without a trace of sentimentality. The ending surprised me, yet seemed exactly right. Nora Gold takes all her thorny characters to their emotional and spiritual edge, where the discoveries they make shine the light of possibility on the unexplored corners of every life.

Rona Maynard, former Editor of Chatelaine and author of Starter Dog: My Path to Joy, Belonging and Loving This World

[Gold's] storytelling prowess and keen understanding of the human condition make these novellas emotionally resonant and thought-provoking, offering readers a glimpse into the intricate tapestry of life's challenges and the potential for transformative connections ... I would recommend In Sickness and In Health/Yom Kippur in a Gym for fans of accomplished literary novellas everywhere.

K.C. Finn, Readers' Favorite

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About the author

Dr. Nora Gold is a prize-winning author, the editor of a prestigious literary journal jewishfiction.net, and a former professor, social worker, and activist. Her most recent book, the novel The Dead Man, was internationally praised, received a Translation Grant from Canada Council for the Arts, and was published in Hebrew. Her previous novel, Fields of Exile, won a Canadian Jewish Literary Award. Marrow and Other Stories won a Canadian Jewish Book Award and praise from Alice Munro. Gold’s forthcoming book, In Sickness and In Health (two novellas), will be published in 2024 by Guernica Editions.