Weaving a vivid day-in-the-life narrative through a tapestry of memory, love and loss, The Waiting Room captures the sights, sounds, accents and animosities, of a country overflowing with stories.
The Waiting Room follows Dina, a family doctor living in the melting pot city of Haifa, Israel in the late 90s. Born in the Jewish enclave in Australia of St Kilda, 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. But 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 love to leave on the other side of the world.
Leah 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.