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I highly recommend this intimate portrait of a culture for readers of literary and multicultural fiction.
One of the women in the story reflects on her life, on what it means to be a good person, and struggles to stand up for what she knows to be right and righteous.
Hobbet meticulously crafted and developed each character in such a detailed way that the reader begins to understand his or her motives.
I have to give Anastasia Hobbet much credit for writing such an illuminating story after her experiences as an expatriate in Kuwait. Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by Donna Hill
I was excited to find a book about Kuwait, and the first couple of chapters sucked me in. Unfortunately, what followed was a nearly plot-free slog through the mundane lives of... Read morePublished on March 12, 2012 by E. Smiley
I very much enjoyed reading this book. I lived in Kuwait from 2002-2005 and found that the portrayal of life in the country was very accurate. Read morePublished on January 19, 2011 by Nancy B.
This novel reminds me (again) what I've been missing by restricting my recent reading largely to nonfiction. Read morePublished on October 21, 2010 by Mark Sorensen
I read the author's first book "Pleasure of Believing" and liked how the characters lives were very different than mine, but written about in a style that made me want to know more... Read morePublished on September 1, 2010 by Paul Light
This wonderful book simultaneously tells several stories of various intersecting lives. Set in Kuwait between the two Gulf Wars, the book takes us into the heads of an American... Read morePublished on March 30, 2010 by Linda Foust
I loved every page of the book - the individual characters were so sharply drawn, I felt as if I would know them on sight. Read morePublished on March 26, 2010 by M. C. Wertz
Anastasia Hobbet's beautifully written novel about life in Kuwait between Saddam's invasion of that country and the American invasion of Iraq follows the lives of multiple... Read morePublished on February 28, 2010 by Debbie Lee Wesselmann
Small Kingdoms is a beautiful tale of love, fear, life and hope. The main characters are so different from one another, and yet they remind us again how alike we are, despite... Read morePublished on February 24, 2010 by Amanda B. Wineman