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In the Kingdom of Men

A Novel

by Kim Barnes

In the Kingdom of Men
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  • First Published:
    May 2012, 336 pages
    Paperback:
    Feb 2013, 336 pages

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Donna Chavez

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A novel of greed and deceit and about an American marriage stumbling toward ruin, set in Saudi Arabia

Kim Barnes is a genius. I got so swept away in the company of her ruthless, ruthful, grasping men that for the space of 314 pages I was Virginia Mae (Gin) McPhee. Thanks to Barnes's masterly personification, Gin breaks the bonds of the mere mundane fictional heroine - cuts the marionette strings as it were - and blooms into an irrepressible everywoman.

I apologize if I mix metaphors. Especially because my prose can do so little justice to Barnes's elegant hand. But trust me. You won't regret reading this book. Even though you may think you know the tale. And I'm almost certain that you know someone just like Gin. If you have seen the AMC television series Mad Men, if you have read the news, and if you are familiar with the Old Testament, you know Gin's story. It begins both with and in (metaphorically speaking) the Bible. Indeed, her Holy Roller grandfather nails Gin to a biblical ...

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