Great News: Passport Control is coming out in 2019

I'm thrilled to share with you that my novel Passport Control will be coming out with S&H Publishing in 2019.

"Many novels have attempted to orchestrate the impossible marriage of politics and human relations in the state of Israel, but few have presided over that perilous ceremony with the grace, affection, and emotional clarity of Gila Green's Passport Control.  A stunning achievement."
Steve Stern, author of The Book of MischiefA Plague of DreamersThe Frozen Rabbi, and The North of God.

What's it about?

Miriam Gil flees Canada for Israel when her Israeli dad says he needs more room in their house — for his new girlfriend. Soon at university, living in a dorm with three bickering roommates, she falls in love with Guy, a former combat soldier who dreams of peace. 

Miriam is caught off guard when her visa and passport application are rejected on the grounds that she’s suspected of being a Syrian Christian. 

In rapid order, the university boots her out and her one true friend is murdered in a brawl, but most terrifying of all, Miriam is accused of murder by Israeli police. Now, despite troubling new revelations about her father’s past, Miriam must somehow reconcile with him if she is to prove her innocence, reclaim her life, and hang on to her newfound love.


Gila Green’s passionate second novel, Passport Control, is a mosaic of one family’s secrets set against the background of Israel’s multiple, conflicting identities. It is smart and sympathetic, admirable in both intent and execution.
Melvin Jules Bukiet, author of Strange Fire and other novels. 

I could not stop reading. There is no higher compliment than that. You have captured some truly wonderful, funny, but lunatic moments of a world that you have uniquely captured and rendered with amazing detachment. Many of these pages will leave readers grappling with a sense of their own identities as they left me.

Mark Mirsky, author Blue Hill Avenue and editor of Fiction Magazine, NY. 

Watch this space for more details.

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Short story accepted to The Fiddlehead

The Fiddlehead, Atlantic Canada's Literary Journal, accepted my story "Winnipeg 1987."
Look for it in the autumn 2018 issue.


White Zion and Other Stories is on its Way

My short story collection White Zion is coming out with Cervena Barva Press.
White Zion migrates between 19th century Yemen, pre-State Israel, modern Israel and modern Canada. Stories explore racism, alienation within the family unit, and the fall-out after generations of war.

Voices in the collection include Assaf, a Yemenite boy growing up in pre-State Israel, Miriam, a young Canadian girl growing up in Ottawa, and the haunting voice of the girl's uncle, Yoel. A rich vein of family mistrust runs throughout the collection.

White Zion was nominated for the Doris Bakwin Literary Award (Carolina Wren Press), and two of the stories were nominated for the Best New Writing Award and the Walrus Literary Award.

Stories from the collection have been published in Akashic Books Mondays are Murder Series, Fiction Magazine, Many Mountains Moving, The Dalhousie Review, Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal, Jewish Fiction, and other literary magazines.

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