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Small Kingdoms Hardcover – January 1, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
As American expats we were treated well. As an American woman, you could have Kuwaiti women friends. But once Anastasia pointed it out to me, you could also see the pain and suffering all around you. You could read about it in the paper every week, about another maid found dead in her room.Read more ›
Two families, poles apart in their attitudes toward life, are at the center of this novel--a Kuwaiti family consisting of Mufeeda and her husband Saleh, a physician, and their children, and an American family consisting of Kit, her businessman husband Jack, and their younger children, who live across the street. Mufeeda is a traditional Muslim woman, living the traditional life of a wealthy Kuwaiti in the city, with an assortment of servants from other countries, mostly from South Asia. Mufeeda's cook, Emmanuela, from Goa, the only person aware of the abuse and deliberate starvation of an Indian maidservant who lives next door, represents the powerlessness of poor immigrants, dependent on their salaries in Kuwait to support families back in India, with no support system they can call on for help. Kit, with her somewhat undisciplined children, is a typical American in many ways, a woman from an Oklahoma farm family who is uncomfortable with the idea of having servants at all, and not really sure how to survive in Kuwait.Read more ›
Anastasia Hobbet is an American woman who lived in Kuwait during the five-year period between the two Gulf Wars (1995-2000). Her debut novel, "Small Kingdoms," is set in Kuwait during this period and is designed to expose Western readers to the complicated cultural landscape of Kuwaiti society. The story focuses on the treatment of domestic servants and revolves around the rescue of one vulnerable, starved, physically and sexually abused victim -- a housemaid from India called Santana.
The book is not overly judgmental and ends with a tone of optimism. Surprisingly, Hobbet manages to convey a deep love and understanding for the people of Kuwait. The novel is a product of an author who is a keen observer of human nature. Hobbet steers away from stereotypes. Her main characters are complicated, multifaceted individuals.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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