Eitan Green, a neurosurgeon living in a small city in Israel, is out driving his SUV in the desert late at night when he accidentally hits and kills an illegal Eritrean immigrant. He leaves the scene, returns to his home where his wife, a police detective, and his two sons are sound asleep, and unknowingly sets off a series of unexpected, sometimes dangerous, events. From that night on, Eitan's life is one lie after another. And each new happening means he has to cover his tracks more scrupulously.
Waking Lions has it all-great writing, suspense, fleshed-out characters and moral dilemmas. Furthermore, it brings up themes of guilt, the Mideast conflict, illegal immigrants and how well do we truly know ourselves or others. I eagerly await Gundar-Goshen's second novel.— Nancy Usiak
WINNER OF THE JEWISH QUARTERLY WINGATE PRIZE 10 WOMEN TO WATCH IN 2017--BookPage
A New York Times Notable Book of 2017 After one night's deadly mistake, a man will go to any lengths to save his family and his reputation.
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.
About the Author
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen was born in Israel in 1982 and holds an MA in clinical psychology from Tel Aviv University. She has worked for the Israeli civil rights movement, and is an award-winning screenwriter. She won Israel's prestigious Sapir Prize for best debut. Waking Lions, her first novel published in the U.S., has been translated into nine languages.