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.