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Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

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  • Winner of the 2017 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize
  • Mentioned in The New York Times Book Review's Editor's Choice, The Wall Street Journal ("Best Summer Reads"), The Guardian ("Best books of 2016 – part two")

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Neurosurgeon Eitan Green has the perfect life -- married to a beautiful police officer and father of two young boys. Then, speeding along a deserted moonlit road after an exhausting hospital shift, he hits someone. Seeing that the man, an African migrant, is beyond help, he flees the scene.

When the victim's widow knocks at Eitan's door the next day, holding his wallet and divulging that she knows what happened, Eitan discovers that her price for silence is not money. It is something else entirely, something that will shatter Eitan's safe existence and take him into a world of secrets and lies he could never have anticipated.

Waking Lions is a gripping, suspenseful, and morally devastating drama of guilt and survival, shame, and desire from a remarkable young author on the rise.

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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

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