This absorbing novel takes place during a spring day in Haifa, Israel. It is the story of young and eight-month pregnant physician Dina. Dina originally comes from Melbourne, a city that took in a large amount of Jewish refugees following WWII. When she falls in love with Eitan, who was raised in an Israeli Kibbutz, he insists that they stay in Israel and raise their young son there. Haifa has been far from the fighting, so Dina feels it will be safe there. As the terrorist bombing comes closer and closer to her town, she begins to worry about the safety of her family. Although raised as a Jew in Australia, stories of the horrors of the Holocaust from her mother formed the relentless background of her life. When the absolute worst happens, Dina must decide between her husband and her children’s safety.
A heartbreaking book of eloquent insight about what it means to live in or near perpetual warzones. Highly recommended for book clubs of all types.
The Waiting Room, by Leah Kaminsky. Harper Perennial/HarperCollins; ISBN 978-0-06249-047-6; $15.99.
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