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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (989 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kim Barnes Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Raised in a two room shack by her strict Oklahoma grandfather, Gin Mitchell knows a better life awaits her when she marries hometown hero Mason McPhee. Even so, nothing can prepare her for what’s to come when Mason takes a job with the Arabian American Oil company in 1960s Saudi Arabia.

Gin and Mason are given a home with marble floors, a houseboy to cook their meals, and a gardener to tend the sandy patch out back. Even among the veiled women and strict laws of shariah, Gin’s life has become the stuff of fairy tales. But when the body of a young Bedouin woman washes up on the shores of the Persian Gulf and Mason disappears, her world starts to close in around her.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An immersive and bracing exploration of one woman’s search for freedom amid repression…Gin is a delightful heroine whose tenacity animates those around her, a quality that lays the groundwork for an extraordinary adventure and unsettling conclusion.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Richly wrought…With a protagonist like this, Barnes could have set her novel in a single room, and we’d keep reading.”

    Boston Globe

  • “An ambitious amalgam of sexism, racism, corporate colonialism, culture clash, class issues, religion, love and marriage, grief and loss.”


  • “Something more than a novel about an Oklahoman who causes trouble in a foreign land. It’s that, and a feminist bildungsroman.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • A 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Willow | 2/17/2014

    " I was intrigued by the Arab/ American aspect of the book interwoven with the gender roles of both societies and how it molds Gin's experience. It was very fast-paced and I sometimes lost track of the story. I should probably read again to capture more detail. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen | 2/13/2014

    " A fascinating story, juxtaposes emerging women's rights, Arab culture and the oil companies of the late 1960's and early 1970's. I highly recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christine | 2/3/2014

    " This was just an okay book to me, it took me awhile to get into the story and I had to make myself finish...the writing was good , I just didn't like the story very much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julie Aschenbrenner | 1/29/2014

    " I'm so close to giving this 4 stars; I really liked it. However, I was just really disappointed in the ending. Felt there should have been something more, I guess. "

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