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Bethlehem, Pa., January 30, 2012--A journalist for 30 years and a prolific author of works from children's books to biographies, Naomi Gal, full-time adjunct instructor of multidisciplinary studies, has published her 17th book, Soap Opera, an updated and Americanized version of her first Hebrew novel, Roman Romanti, an Israeli bestseller and Jerusalem Prize winner.
Inspired by the way the media sensationalizes everlasting love and happy endings, Soap Opera follows the lives of two women who could not be more different.
"I wanted to find out what could happen to a woman who is too romantic for her own good and the way books, music and films influence her," says Gal, who waits until the very end of her novel to reveal the special connection the women share. Nora is an overweight nursery school teacher eager to please, and Leonora is beautiful model-turned-writer who is married to a fashion designer. Leonora is on the fast track to fame while Nora is recuperating from a devastating car accident.
In addition to entertaining her readers, Gal hopes to move them. "I wanted to inspire women (well, men too) to overcome their lack of confidence and be as creative as they can, because we are all far more creative than we dare admit to ourselves," says Gal.
Soap Opera--Gal's third novel published in English--transformed Roman Romanti, which was published in the early 90's, into a novel fit for the 21st century. With the help of Carol Traupman-Carr, associate dean of academic affairs, Gal was able to update her previous novel and in Gal's words, "Americanize" it to fit her English-speaking audience.
Gal is fluent in French, English, and Hebrew and knows some Arabic. She previously worked as a translator for the Hebrew edition of National Geographic. Before moving to the United States, Gal spent nearly two decades as a film critic and food writer in Israel before writing novels and children's books. "It [writing novels] allows me to create new worlds and live in them awhile," says Gal, and adds that Soap Opera will not be her last. "Sitting alone and writing, I am really talking to the reader who is reading in solitude, and for a while we are not alone, we communicate," says Gal. "There is a bond." Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College's web site at www.moravian.edu.