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Waking Lions Hardcover – February 28, 2017
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"Waking Lions offers a commentary on privilege and otherness, challenging readers to confront their own blind spots and preconceptions....Trained as a clinical psychologist, Gundar-Goshen examines her characters with the same formidable gaze. Nobody emerges unscathed....Gundar-Goshen is adept at instilling emotional depth into a thriller plot, delivering the required twists and turns along with an incisive portrayal of her characters' guilt, shame and desire, fluidly shifting between their perspectives....Readers will be rewarded by [Waking Lions'] exhilarating, cinematic finale. Skillfully translated by Sondra Silverston, Waking Lions is a sophisticated and darkly ambitious novel, revealing an aspect of Israeli life rarely seen in its literature."―Ayelet Tsabari, New York Times Book Review
"Vividly imagined, clever, and morally ambiguous....[Waking Lions] is a smart and disturbing exploration of the high price of walking away, whether it be from a car accident or from one's own politically unstable homeland."
―Maureen Corrigan, National Public Radio's "Fresh Air"
"Waking Lions, in a propulsive translation from Hebrew by Sondra Silverston, yokes a crime story to thorny ethical issues in ways reminiscent of Donna Tartt and Richard Price...it's a rare book that can trouble your conscience while holding you in a fine state of suspense."
―Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal
"If there were a literary prize for nail-biting first lines, Israeli writer Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's second novel, Waking Lions would win...brave and startling."
―Financial Times UK
"Uncommonly complex, socially aware, and ethically ambiguous....plot is almost secondary to the political implications Gundar-Goshen explores - but what a plot it is, fuel for meditations on integrity and the layered guilt of the Israeli bourgeoisie."
―Boris Kachka, New York "7 Books You Need to Read This February"
"An intense moral thriller.... The twists upon twists upon twists in this story...will have readers yelping out loud. Waking Lions seems poised to catch fire."
―Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Anyone who loves the magic of the printed word should read Waking Lions....Gundar-Goshen has earned, and deserves, a worldwide audience, and this magnificent novel may well be the vehicle for that."―Joe Hartlaub, Bookreporter
"It pulled me right in. In just 18 words, a spell was cast and broken, and I couldn't wait to go on."
―Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Gripping....twists and turns like a thriller."
―Sunday Times UK
About the Author
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen was born in Israel in 1982 and holds an MA in clinical psychology from Tel Aviv University. She has worked for the Israeli civil rights movement, and is an award-winning screenwriter. She won Israel's prestigious Sapir Prize for best debut. Waking Lions, her first novel published in the U.S., has been translated into nine languages.
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What do you do when you instinctively make a decision that is wrong and against your personal ethics?
How do countries deal with the refugee crisis?
How does a person view "the other"? What will a person do to protect his family?
The protagonist is faced with overwhelming moral issues which are thoughtfully examined . Yet the tone of the book is not preachy.
This is one of those books that you will think about for a long time after you have read it.
The narrative is tautly written, the ins and outs of the story kept me glued to it. Eventually Eitan's boss at the hospital and the alluring Eritrean woman prove to have moral flaws, as we all do.
The timeliness of this story, as the State of Israel pursues a plan to extradite it's African refugees is right on target. I hope to read more of this author's work soon. If this is a thriller, it has what most books in this genre lack: a heart.
Eventually, he has to steal medicines from the hospital to keep the clinic operating. He's never caught. He wife and children are bewildered at his sudden long absences from home which he explains as extra work at the hospital. His wife is a police officer and we are told a respected detective. She can't figure out a way to verify his "late work" story which she believes to be bogus.
The book contains too many plot incoherencies and the writing is merely adequate. I cannot recommend it.
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