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Waking Lions

by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

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Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
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  • Published Feb 2017
    352 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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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.

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"Starred Review. Powerful...The psychological complications match the plot ones and will please Ruth Rendell fans." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Gundar-Goshen's U.S. debut seems poised to catch fire, with the multiple narrative perspectives and dizzying reversals that connoisseurs of this genre adore." - Kirkus

"If there were a literary prize for nail-biting first lines, Israeli writer Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's second novel, Waking Lions would win...brave and startling." - Financial Times UK

"Gripping....twists and turns like a thriller." - Sunday Times UK

"It's not every day a writer like this comes our way." - Guardian UK

"Waking Lions is a classy, suspenseful tale of survival where the good guys and the bad guys are harder to distinguish than you might think." - The Times UK

"A literary thriller that is used as a vehicle to explore big moral issues. I loved everything about it." - Daily Mail UK

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Ayelet Gundar-Goshen Author Biography

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen is the winner of the JQ-Wingate Prize for Waking Lions. She is a clinical psychologist, 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 United States, has been published in seventeen countries and was a New York Times Notable Book.

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Ayelet Gundar-Goshen: eye-EHL-eht GUHN-duhr GO-shin

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