Judith Civan turns family history into a historical novel

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Civan recalls own family journey in newest publication

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Individual people and their lives may vanish but what they create lives on and does not vanish. It deserves to have the truth told about it and that is what Judith Civan has done in this novel “A Dream That Vanishes” (published by Xlibris). Civan writes about Zionism, the movement to rebuild the Jews’ ancestral country in its original Middle Eastern homeland and its impact on the lives of individuals. In today’s world Zionism is not merely unpopular but is denounced in the political arena as an evil movement. Angry crowds march with signs targeting Zionists, calling them colonialists and stealers of other peoples’ land. Why would Civan pick such a difficult topic to write about?

She has chosen to dispel some of the ignorance about Zionism by bringing to life a true story she knows from her own family history. Some Jews had clung to the land of Israel, called Palestine by its conquerors, through the ages, but wars and those conquerors had displaced most of them. Still, Jews returned to the land whenever conditions allowed and Jerusalem had a Jewish majority in 1896. At the time this novel begins, the land was ruled by the Ottoman Turks and was sparsely populated by Jews and Arabs.

Civan’s grandparents were Zionist returners at the beginning of the 20th century; her mother was born in Palestine in 1907 but then grew up in America. Her mother suppresses her Zionism when she marries an anti-Zionist, but then the events of 20th century history convert him into a staunch supporter of Israel. His founding of a weekly newspaper and the family’s role in it mean that rather than vanishing, the dream continues through successive generations.

“A Dream That Vanishes”
By Judith Civan
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 202 pages | ISBN 9781499038903
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 202 pages | ISBN 9781499038910
E-Book | 202 pages | ISBN 9781499038897
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Judith Civan studied English literature at Radcliffe and Columbia, then worked as a reporter and feature writer at the Newark Star-Ledger and was a columnist for the New York and Washington Jewish Weeks. She is the author of “Abraham’s Knife: the Mythology of the Deicide in Antisemitism”, a literary and historical study of the origins and ramifications of the deicide accusation, and the novels “Leaving Egypt” and “Choosing”.

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