Review: The Waiting Room by Leah Kaminsky

 

Title: The Waiting Room

Author: Leah Kaminsky

Published: Vintage: Random House Au September 2015

Read an Excerpt

Status: Read on September 01, 2015 — I own a copy   {Courtesy the publisher/Netgalley}

My Thoughts:

The Waiting Room is the debut fiction novel from Leah Kaminsky, a physician and best selling non fiction author.

Dina is a family doctor living in contemporary Israel with her husband and young son. Haifa is a world away from the Melbourne suburbs where Dina grew up, the only daughter of holocaust survivors. Eight months pregnant with her second child, Dina is exhausted and increasingly anxious. Her marriage is strained, she is tired of her patients needs, and she is terrified by an escalated terrorist threat in the city.

As Dina struggles to simply get through a single day, overwhelmed by traffic, a broken heel, demanding patients, and a promise to procure apples for her son, her behaviour becomes increasingly irrational. She finds no comfort in the casual assurances of her husband, nor the ghostly opinion of her long dead mother, who berates, cajoles and nags her daughter for her failings.

The sentiment of The Waiting Room is haunting and moving, relieved only by a rare glimpse of dark humour. The prose and dialogue is sharp and articulate. The pace builds until Dina’s day reaches an explosive conclusion.

The Waiting Room is a short but powerful novel about survival, terror, love and death.

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and all good bookstores.

Seasoned Traveller 2015

Israel

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. readingwritingandriesling
    Sep 03, 2015 @ 12:06:47

    You have convinced me to add this to my list Shelleyrae🙂

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  2. Vicki
    Sep 05, 2015 @ 07:47:38

    This sounds really interesting. Great review!

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