COMING IN MARCH 2018
A woman’s clandestine entanglement with a wily Holocaust survivor leads to a search for buried history that could very well change her life.
When oral historian Ellen Margolis and her girlfriend decide to get married, Ellen realizes that she can’t go through with a wedding until she tells her grandmother. There’s only one problem: her grandmother is dead. As the two young women beat their own early path toward marriage equality, Ellen’s longing to plumb that voluminous silence draws her into a clandestine entanglement with a wily Holocaust survivor–a woman with more to hide than tell–and a secret search for buried history that threatens to disrupt all of Ellen’s plans. If there is to be a wedding Ellen must decide: How much do you need to share to be true to the one you love? Set in ebullient, 1990s Dot-com era San Francisco, Paper is White is a novel about the gravitational pull of the past and the words we must find to make ourselves whole.
HILARY ZAID is an alumna of the Tin House Writer’s Workshop and the James D. Houston Scholar at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Her short fiction has appeared in print and online publications, including Lilith Magazine, The Utne Reader, Southwest Review and CALYX. Her story “The Dark Between the Stars” is the winner of the 2014 BLOOM Chapbook Prize for Fiction, and her story “For Non-Speakers of the Mother Tongue” is a Pushcart Prize nominee. She holds an AB, summa cum laude, in English & American Literature from Harvard and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Oakland, California, with her spouse and two children.