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Woven from the fabric of many lives & separate generations, a story of loss, guilt, & hope. Available now on Barnes&Noble and Amazon Books.com.
Excerpt from Hidden:
"Everything is different here. No contradictions, no fiddling with ideologies, moral codes, religions, regulations—all of which depleted me so when I was mortal.
I couldn’t bear the burden.
So, I’ll tell you what happened. I’ll tell it my way, the way I understand things now, with that unearthly new knack I have of seeing myself from a distance, of getting into other people’s heads."
"Batya Casper's novella Hidden proves that great things do indeed come in small packages. The story kicks right off with a haunting mystery and traverses backward in time to explore several generations of a Jewish family plagued by tragedy and war. Casper's prose is tight and well-knit, allowing the story to unfold organically without exposition or wasted breath. Hidden is a fantastic read." --Anthony Rando.
“Batya Casper has a magical voice. She writes eloquently about war, death, sorrow, joy, hope, and love. Her knowledge of the subject is evident. The reader is transported to 1930 Israel, 1940 England, and introduced to children and the world through their eyes. Hidden is made up of two books. The first one takes place in Israel and tells the story of a family who wraps their past in mystery and keeps it hidden from the young granddaughter who lives with them. In backstory the reader is led through the beauty of Israel, the lure of the ocean, the thrill and innocence of young love, the despair of loss, the cost of war. It is a love story that bridges generations.” — Regge Episale
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Israela dramatizes the impact of the long-term conflict in the Middle East between Israel and its Arab neighbors, showing how everyday people struggle to live among violence, the fear of terrorism, and war.</script>Israela: The Human Face of Conflict.
We are all familiar with Israel's masculine voice. It is the voice of her military, the voice the media presents to us whenever they talk about the Middle East. Israel's military, her masculine voice, is necessary, essential for her survival in the hostile neighborhood in which she finds herself.
Wouldn't you like to hear Israel's feminine voice?---Just as essential and equally real, the passionate, compassionate, tender voice of Israel's citizens, their humanity, and the excruciatingly painful, all too often tragic sacrifice they make when sending their children to war?
Never knowing if they will see them again.
From generation to generation.
With no end in sight.
Are you interested in the history of modern Israel?
In the land herself?--her relationship with her neighbors? With her God? --
in the many brave steps, and the many tragic mistakes she has made along the way?
Read fiction. Learn from the inside, from witnessing the lives of men and women just like you and me, what it is like, Arab and Jew, to live and love with war. If you lived there, would you send your children off to battle from generation to generation? Would you dare to love and live with barriers? Without barriers?
If history had been recorded by women, would it not read differently?
"I'm small. Tiny, actually, compared to those who live in my neighborhood. My eyes are brown. Tresses hang over my shoulders hugging my frame in different shades of greens, browns, reds. I am delicate, but I am surrounded by giants who desire and hate me, who grab at parts of me, who want to cut me up into separate halves, like the women with the baby in Solomon's proverbial tale."
"This is a gorgeously written, compelling story of family, loyalty, love and pain set against the baffling and tragic Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Casper's eloquence is addicting; her novel should be read by anyone who appreciates great literature and sensitive, insightful story-telling." - Nan Hoffman
"Dr. Casper has written a unique, epic work, spanning many generations and world events. She has somehow managed to compress historical and political issues that could span volumes into one very readable novel. Dr. Casper's approach to her narrative is daring and engaging. She writes from the perspectives of three very different women, as well as from the personification of Israel herself. Somehow, these narratives coalesce into a most readable whole that is thought-provoking and memorable. Her language is poetic, descriptive and evocative of time and place. Dr. Casper offers no easy answers or solutions, but the basis for intelligent, informed dialogue. Her love for Israel and its peoples is apparent. So is her feeling of sadness at the distance and hostility between nations whose histories and destinies are destined to be linked. At its core, this is a book about both family alienation and the transformative power of love." - Paula Van Gelder
This novel is about Israel. It is a tale as fated and mythical as the Bible; as modern and concrete as the latest border or car explosion. Discover yourselves in this story of of love and violence, of individuals desperately seeking answers, seeking peace under the Palestinian Israel conflict.
Israela is a modern day historical novel about discord in the Middle East,
With unique insight and moving writing, a new novel, Israela, takes us to the land of Israel and the daily battles that are waged in the name of Middle-Eastern religion and politics. The novel moves beyond the black/white headlines of war by taking us into the homes and lives of everyday people. Israela dramatizes the impact that the long-term Israel-Arab conflict has on Israel and its neighbors, demonstrating how ordinary people struggle to live among violence and the fear of terrorism and war."
About secrets, betrayal, and the intifada.
"Every night, he makes love to me, slowly, deliberately, sweetly, because the doctor told us it was safe."
A novel about Israel--about the Israeli Arab conflict.
In it, the lives of three women interweave with the story of their country. Ratiba, an Israeli journalist, turns her back on her family and her heritage to marry an Israeli Arab. Her sister Orit, an actor, tragically loses her lover. She feels betrayed by Ratiba and exacts revenge on her with repercussions that far exceed her intentions. Elisheva is a nurse who dedicates her life to the wounded and the dying. As their lives unfold, these women, and their loved-ones, face choices they would never have envisioned.
Life and love are tested in this Land, and a family is torn apart by war
Israela is a story of a life-loving people torn by the Middle East conflict. It is about Arabs who save Jews from disaster and Jews who heal Arabs, a story of a family fragmented and desperately searching for the right path.
In this novel about Israel, you will see how two nations clash, and how, at great personal cost, individuals cross the political divide of the Palestine Israel conflict.
Here, the ancient pulsates in present time and the biblical holds prominence with the secular. Beneath this modern-day drama unfolds the story of a land and its people, revealing the historical trajectory of two cultures, victims and perpetrators of a biblical curse.
A plethora of historical treatises and political works has been written about Israel and the Middle East conflict. It seems to me that they’re written for those who are already familiar with and invested in the area.
There are also many powerful Israeli novelists whose stories provide us with background to the region's conflicts, glimpses into Israeli/Arab tensions.
The aim of Israela is to describe life in Israel from the inside, to portray its history, the political and social complexities of this country-at-war for people who, despite frequent news coverage, know little or nothing about what Israel, or Israelis - Jews and Arabs - are like.
A nation living with war, or the threat of war, all the time.
Similar, perhaps, to the way so many of us remained ignorant of Ireland’s centuries’ old war between Catholics and Protestants. What physical and ethical struggles do these people combat on a daily, often hourly basis because of the Israeli Palestinian conflict? What is it like for people anywhere to live with insoluble conflicts? To continue living like that? To sacrifice one's children to a never-ending drama?
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See yourselves for a while in the lives of lovers, parents and children, trapped in an intifada.
I started writing this book for my children and for the many people I meet who are ignorant of the complexity and the richness of Israeli life;
ignorant of the temerity that all of its citizens demonstrate, and of the excruciating concerns that tear them apart on a daily, hourly basis.
My original intention was to trace the trajectory of modern Israeli history in order to see more clearly how we’d arrived at our present reality.
Yet, as I wrote, fictional characters and events kept popping into my head drawing my focus from political dogma into the more human, personal, immediate, and eternal face of conflict.
Israela is a work of fiction, historical and modern. It is about love and loyalty, about three women and their loved-ones struggling to maintain the "good life" under war---under sibling rivalry, their legacy, their ancient, biblical legacy.