About Ora

Ora Mendels was born in Jerusalem, grew up in England and Johannesburg, South Africa, and emigrated to the United States with her husband, Joseph, a research psychiatrist. They settled in Philadelphia with their three children.

Ora has won several literary prizes and was a newspaper reporter, feature writer and columnist in Cape Town and Johannesburg, contributing regularly to all South Africa's English language newspapers and magazines. In South Africa, and later, in the U.S., she was a freelance journalist, published in a number of mass circulation magazines. She is also the author of several short stories. "Sleeping with the Comrades" was published in Antietam Review. "The Traitor" will be published in January 2011 in Israel Stories.

Ora has published two novels. Mandela's Children, Little, Brown 1987, which was also translated and published in Holland and had a Canadian edition published. A Taste for Treason, Birch Lane, 1990, won the Atheneum Fiction Award, was translated and published in Poland and was also published in paperback.

The first chapter of FAMILY WARS was published in JewishFiction.net in the November issue.

The family now includes five grandchildren. Ora and Joe divide their time between Philadelphia and Longboat Key, Florida. FAMILY WARS is dedicated to Joe and their grandchildren.

This suspenseful story reveals the fractured society in Israel itself as the struggle between religious and nationalist fanatics and mainstream citizens deepens. The idealism of the founders is eroded by the younger generation's rejection of the constantly expanding settlements on Palestinian land. Young Ben Kagan becomes a pawn in a savage blackmail plot against the government. A national and family crisis reveals deeply buried secrets.

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