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  • Barnes animates a magnetizing cast of cosmopolitan characters ... A veritable Mad Men of the desert, with the depth of a Graham Greene novel.

  • A close inspection of how radically a life can be rescaled, and how quickly. With a protagonist like this, Barnes could have set her novel in a single room, and we'd keep reading.

    Boston Globe
  • Drawn with skill and filled with evocative period detail ... [Gin] plumbs the depths of her new world with heart and courage.

    Seattle Times
  • A real page-turner that’s also beautifully written and researched.

  • With courage and zest, Kim Barnes's novel takes an intimate look at ... the rarified and harshly beautiful world of eastern Saudi Arabia ... Within these lyrical pages is a story well worth investigating.

    San Francisco Chronicle

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