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The Waiting Room

(2016)
A novel by

 
 
The Waiting Room captures the sights, sounds, accents and animosities of a country overflowing with stories. Dina is a family doctor living in the melting-pot city of Haifa, Israel. Born in Australia in a Jewish enclave of Melbourne to Holocaust survivors, Dina left behind a childhood marred by misery and the tragedies of the past to build a new life for herself in the Promised Land. After starting a family of her own, she finds her life falling apart beneath the demands of her eccentric patients, a marriage starting to fray, the ever-present threat of terrorist attack and the ghost of her mother, haunting her with memories that Dina would prefer to leave on the other side of the world. Leah Kaminsky plumbs the depths of her characters' memories, both the sweet and the heart-wrenching, reaching back in a single climactic day through six decades and across three continents to uncover a truth that could save Dina's sanity - and her life.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"The Waiting Room is both haunted, and haunting." - Geraldine Brooks

"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

"Kaminsky’s prose is deft and delicate, and this novel tackles the haunting of the Holocaust with a tough and remarkably unsentimental gaze." - M J Hyland

"An assured debut.... Compelling, moving and memorable." - Graeme Simsion

"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


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November 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Waiting Room: A Novel
Author(s): Leah Kaminsky
ISBN: 0-06-249047-8 / 978-0-06-249047-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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October 2015 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Waiting Room
Author(s): Leah Kaminsky
ISBN: 1-4587-6573-3 / 978-1-4587-6573-4 (Canada edition)
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Audio Editions

July 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Waiting Room, The
Author(s): Leah Kaminsky
ISBN: 1-5226-4284-6 / 978-1-5226-4284-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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August 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Waiting Room
Author(s): Leah Kaminsky
Publisher: Audible Studios
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August 2015 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Waiting Room
Author(s): Leah Kaminsky
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon AU   


August 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Waiting Room
Author(s): Leah Kaminsky
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


August 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Waiting Room
Author(s): Leah Kaminsky
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

November 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Waiting Room: A Novel
Author(s): Leah Kaminsky
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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