Amalia Kahana was born on Kibbutz Ein Harod. Her father, Haim Kahana, was one of the founders of the kibbutz. She moved to Tel Aviv, where she studied at Gymnasia Herzliya. During the Israeli War of Independence she served in the Negev Brigade of Palmach as a signals operator and wrote the famous telegram for the capture of Eilat. She received a master's degree in literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1964.
Carmon writes about the lives of traditional women in a male-dominated environment. Despite their romantic defeats, her heroines emerge as queens who recognize what they have lost but continue to have hope. While challenging the happily-ever-after paradigm, she still believes in the dignifying aspects of the ability to love.
- In 1985, Kahana was awarded the Brenner Prize for literature.
- In 2000, she was awarded the Israel Prize, for original Hebrew literature.
- Under One Roof (1966)
- And Moon in the Valley of Ayalon (1971)
- A Piece for the Stage, in the Grand Manner (1975)
- Magnetic Fields (1977)
- High Stakes (1980)
- Up in Montifer (1984)
- With Her on Her Way Home (1991)
- Here We'll Live (1996)