Waking Lions Summary
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

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Set in Beersheba, Israel, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen’s Waking Lions tells the story of Dr. Eitan Green, a man who commits a hit-and-run, killing an Eritrean refugee, and Sirkit, a woman who witnesses the accident and extorts Dr. Green into providing secret medical treatment for African refugees in exchange for her silence. Told from a chillingly honest third-person perspective, Waking Lions exposes the racial and religious tensions that dominate Israeli culture. In her first United States-published and Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize-winning novel, Gundar-Goshen, a native, Jewish Israeli, grapples with themes of morality and truth in the face of life-altering tragedy.