by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
Reviewed by Linda:
This New York Times Notable Book by Israeli novelist Gundar-Goshen is a riveting moral thriller. A neurosurgeon living with his wife and young children in southern Israel finds his life changes in an instance when, while out for a drive in the desert, he accidentally hits an Eritrean refugee. Thinking there are no witnesses and observing that the man is dead, the horrified doctor speeds away and does not report the accident. But he is wrong about the absence of witnesses, and is blackmailed into opening a secret clinic for "illegal" migrants. Perfect for book groups interested in issues of race and of borders.