The Waiting Room by Leah Kaminsky
A Novel

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Yet stories like these are important. They help us heal, and they help us understand why people do inexplicable things. Equally important are stories of the other side, like those of the Palestinians. Including those stories in The Waiting Room would have made this novel all the more stronger and multidimensional.
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The Waiting Room is both haunted, and haunting.”—Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March

The Waiting Room unfolds over the course of a single, life-changing day, but the story it tells spans five decades, three continents, and one family’s compelling history of love, war, and survival

As the daughter of Holocaust survivors, Dina’s present has always been haunted by her parents’ pasts. She becomes a doctor, emigrates, and builds a family of her own, yet no matter how hard she tries to move on, their ghosts keep pulling her back. A dark, wry sense of humor helps Dina maintain her sanity amid the constant challenges of motherhood and medicine, but when a terror alert is issued in her adopted city, her coping skills are pushed to the limit.

 

Interlacing the present and the past over a span of twenty-four hours, The Waiting Room is an intense exploration of what it means to endure a day-to-day existence defined by conflict and trauma, and a powerful reminder of just how fragile life can be. As the clock counts down to a shocking climax, Dina must confront her parents’ history and decide whether she will surrender to fear, or fight for love.

 

 

About Leah Kaminsky

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Leah Kaminsky is an award-winning writer and a practicing family physician. She is the author of four books, including Stitching Things Together, a collection of poetry. She has studied writing at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, New York University, and Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is currently at work on her first novel. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.
 
Published November 15, 2016 by Harper Perennial. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by Saadia Faruqi on Nov 18 2016

Yet stories like these are important. They help us heal, and they help us understand why people do inexplicable things. Equally important are stories of the other side, like those of the Palestinians. Including those stories in The Waiting Room would have made this novel all the more stronger and multidimensional.

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