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The Waiting Room    by Leah Kaminsky order for
Waiting Room
by Leah Kaminsky
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Harper, 2016 (2016)
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* * *   Reviewed by Barbara Lingens

Is it possible to even imagine living in a country constantly in danger from terrorist attacks? Try going through the motions of daily living, taking the kids to school, heading to work, shopping, all the while knowing the unthinkable could happen at any minute.

Our heroine Dina is in exactly that situation. A physician, she lives with her husband and son in Israel. Worse yet, she is constantly plagued by visions of her dead mother, a Holocaust survivor whose tragic stories have forever been part of Dina's life. Now Dina is expecting again, and she seems to be coming unraveled.

It hurts to read this novel. We are so caught up in Dina's plight. 'No child deserves to be born with the handicap of having to endure its parent's pain, carry the madness of a history that belongs to someone else, become infected with the white-hot touch of other people's wounds.'

The Holocaust lives on in the suffering of its survivors. Yet there are funny bits, such as how Dina's receptionist handles all the various patients in the waiting room. They represent a microcosm of the people in that city, each suffering in some way or another, but not always physically. Some just need listening to. That is finally what Dina needs too.

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