In the Kingdom of Men

In the Kingdom of Men

Large Print - 2012
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Gin Mitchell knows a better life awaits her when she marries hometown hero Mason McPhee. Raised in a two-room shack by her Oklahoma grandfather, a strict Methodist minister, Gin could hardly believe that a handsome college man like Mason would look her way. And nothing can prepare her for the world she and Mason step into when he takes a job with the Arabian American Oil company in Saudi Arabia.

In the gated compound of Abqaiq, Gin and Mason are given a home with marble floors, a houseboy, and a gardener. Even among the veiled women and strict laws of shariah, Gin's life has become the stuff of fairy tales. But when a young Bedouin woman is found dead, washed up on the shore, Gin's world closes in around her, and the one person she trusts is nowhere to be found.

In the Kingdom of Men abounds with sandstorms and locust swarms, shrimp peddlers, pearl divers, and Bedouin caravans. Award-winning author Kim Barnes weaves a mesmerizing, richly imagined tale of Americans out of their depth in Saudi Arabia, a marriage in peril, and a woman's quest for the truth.

Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Publishing, 2012
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781611735826
Branch Call Number: LARGE PRINT Barnes 2012
Characteristics: 455 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: In the kingdom of men : a novel


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Feb 27, 2014

This is a good book in terms of seeing the culture of another country. It captures the time and place quite well. I wasn't as crazy about the writing style. I found transitions in the storyline to be abrupt and awkward.

Jul 21, 2013

A really interesting and suspenseful book of a woman and her experiences of Saudi Arabia in the 1960s. Oil, greed, the role of women, murder and loss. It is all here!

Nov 29, 2012

I loved this book, especially the writing style, it was continuous and never too descriptive. In terms of plot I really enjoyed it and was very sad at the end and troubled for the main character. A good level of suspense too.

Aug 14, 2012

I really enjoyed this book, and felt that the writing was really good without drawing attention to itself.

Jun 21, 2012

Poignant story of a young woman who escapes a repressive and patriarchal society in Oklahoma, only to find herself bound by the laws of another such culture in Saudi Arabia. ..beautifully drawn characters and gorgeous prose.


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