Canadian Gila Green’s debut novel KING OF THE CLASS was released April 2013 in Vancouver (Now or Never Publishing www.nonpublishing.com). She has published tens of short stories in literary journals in Canada, U.S.A., Australia, Hong Kong and Israel including Fiction Magazine, Many Mountains Moving, Nothing But Red Anthology, Jewish Fiction, The Dalhousie Review, The Saranac Review and Tel Aviv Stories.
Seven of her stories have been nominated for international awards including the Best New Writing Eric Hoffer Award, The Walrus Literary Award and the TenTen Fiction Contest. She has received two Canadian literary fellowships.
Her first collection WHITE ZION was nominated for the Doris Bakwin Literary Award (Carolina Wren Press). When she is not taking care of her family, she writes, teaches and edits fiction. She is also a writing instructor on the WOW-Women on Writing Site (www.wow-womenonwriting.com). Visit Gila: www.gilagreenonline.com.
And now from the author herself:
Betrayal in my debut novel, a futuristic satire titled, King of the Class
On a macro level, the setting of the novel is the post-civil war Israel of the future; an entire nation has engaged in betrayal against itself.
On a micro level, heroine Eve Vee goes to sleep one night engaged to her fiancé, Manny Meretzky, and wakes up to find he has not only disappeared physically, but spiritually. The Manny she wanted to accompany through life in effect no longer exists. He has erased his previous value system in exchange for another and his duplicity becomes a river of deceit Eve cannot seem to cross.
Eve neither acknowledges Manny’s nobility in seeking a more meaningful life nor admires his desire to distance himself from what he perceives to be a shallow, materialistic value system. When Eve looks at Manny it is only his betrayal in its rawest form that she can see (Seeing is another theme in this novel, but that’s for another post).
It is not long before Eve confronts the questions: Is self-loyalty or allegiance to someone you love a higher value?
As the story progresses, the question expands: Are we loyal to our children over our spouses? And ultimately, where do communities lie in this hierarchy? Are we steadfast with regards to faith and community over anything else?
I was motivated to explore this theme for many reasons, but a central thorn in my side was the ongoing divisions and increasing number of sub-divisions I see around me daily. In as much as we have become a “global village”, many of us also seem to thrive on an increasingly vicious and ultimately self-defeating discourse that demonizes anyone else who doesn’t agree with our specific value system. Eve needed the help of something far outside of herself to move forward, but that’s the freedom of fiction.
You can find more about Gila and her writing via…
- Links to Amazon and sample reviews:
- Find it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/King-Class-Gila-Green/dp/1926942140
- Find it on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/King-Class-Gila-Green/dp/1926942140
- Read an excerpt in Times of Israel: http://www.timesofisrael.com/king-of-the-class-by-gila-green/
- Read a review in Canadian Jewish News: http://www.cjnews.com/books-and-authors/wwii-memoir-and-near-future-fiction
- Read a review in Toronto Women’s Post: http://www.womenspost.ca/articles/books/book-review-king-class
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