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Goddess of Battle

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June 15, 2018  |  2,263 views  |  0 reviews / comments

Goddess of Battle by Gwendolyn Rachel Ackerman. Book coverGoddess of Battle is a tale of two young women living on opposite sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- one an immigrant from the U.S. and a soldier, the other a Palestinian student and wife. The violence impacts on both their lives but when they meet, they see a potential for friendship that bridges that divide of hatred and forge a relationship they hope might help change the world.

It is a story that highlights the possibility of resolving bloodshed from the grassroots, and mirrors a small but growing reality that many don't know exists.


Author's Notes

This book had to be written. It's characters cried out for a chance to speak to a world that sees the Israelis and Palestinians in a constant state of strife and is rarely given the chance to see them as they are -- human beings, each with their own beliefs and narratives. It was an opportunity for me to give all these people, who I met in the course of three decades of reporting, a voice. It fictionalizes real experiences -- like covering suicide bombings -- and calls upon a tapestry of real people in the creation of every character. It was written and rewritten, the end was sometimes devastating and at times optimistic.

About Gwendolyn Rachel Ackerman

IL Israel

Gwendolyn is a short story writer and novelist whose fiction is steeped with her experiences covering the Middle East conflict zone for 30 years.

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