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Waiting Room Paperback – 15 November 2016

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"The Waiting Room is a moving and riveting story of a woman perched between the shadow of the past and a fragile reality in her adopted homeland. In the tradition of the finest physician-novelists, Leah Kaminsky writes with precision, authenticity, and profound insight."--Amy Gottlieb, author of The Beautiful Possible

"The Waiting Room is about Jewish lives, past, present and future.... Readers get snippets of all these rich lives, and a tapestry of characters is born.... The story pulls you in."--New York Journal of Books

"[A] spectacular fiction debut.... A moving psychodrama."--Jewish Telegraphic Agency

"[Kaminsky] brings to the story so much verisimilitude, so much reality, that we can't take our eyes off the page. Her descriptions are rich and vibrant . . . [Kaminsky] is able to weave the surreal throughout her story in such a way that scenes burgeon with timelessness."--The Forward online

"A sharp novel.... Explores intergenerational trauma with approachable simplicity."--Ilana Masad, Slate

"An assured debut.... Compelling, moving and memorable."--Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project

"An evocative tale."--Moment Magazine

"Kaminsky uses the events of one dramatize what it means to live under constant threat. ... [She] brings Dina into sharp focus, while her ghostly mother serves as a strong secondary character, in order to vividly personalize stark news reports."--Booklist

"Kaminsky's prose is deft and delicate, and this novel tackles the haunting of the Holocaust with a tough and remarkably unsentimental gaze."--MJ Hyland, Man Booker Prizer shortlisted author of Carry Me Down

"Leah Kaminsky is a writer on whom nothing is lost. There are many lives, many worlds, and many days in the single day she depicts in The Waiting Room. The novel is a masterful debut."--Joseph Skibell, author of A Curable Romantic

"Potent.... The Waiting Room is both haunted, and haunting."--Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March and The Secret Chord

"She's an evocative storyteller, and she's sensitive to the intersections between physical and emotional pain and the way that memory intrudes upon daily reality."--Kirkus

"The book offers enormous insights into being the child of survivors, but it is also a novel of Israel."

"The personal, the political and the medical wrestle with history in this page-turning novel. An engrossing tale that is both acutely worldly and fiercely introspective."--Danielle Ofri, MD, author of What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine

"Vivid, riveting, authentic with emotion and conflict."--Jerome Groopman, M.D.

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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' past. 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.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper Perennial (15 November 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062490478
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062490476
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.49 x 1.83 x 20.32 cm
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