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"Khashoggi spins another page-turning tale with a topical theme: an Arab father kidnaps his American children because he disapproves of the American way of life. . . . A delicate subject sensitively explored."—Kirkus Reviews
"Mosaic is a compelling story of love, loss, friendship, and strength . . . it weaves together diverse cultures and illuminates the different roles of men and women from the East and West. . . . A moving story that captures the heart."—-Stanley Pottinger, bestselling novel of The Fourth Procedure
"Imagine coming home to find your children gone—-and finally having to acknowledge that your husband has taken them to his home country, a place where getting them back will be difficult, if not impossible. Who wouldn't, in that situation, hire an undercover agent to snatch them back? Exciting stuff."—-Woman's Book of the Week (UK) on Mosaic
"Khashoggi is a natural-born storyteller who quickly engages her reader in a tale that is stylish, suspenseful, and entertaining."—-Booklist (starred review) on Mirage
"Like a modern Scheherazade, Khashoggi spins an irresistible tale of romance and heart-pounding drama in that rarest of fictions—-an intelligent page-turner."—-Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Mirage
"A truly compelling novel that boldly illuminates the different roles men and women play in the Middle East versus the West. Her characters act as windows to two sharply contrasted cultures, bringing them to life as only someone who has lived and felt them deeply could."—-John Gray, author of the bestseller Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus on Mirage
"Lively, provocative, and thought-provoking."—-Jean Sasson, author of Mayada, Daughter of Iraq and Princess on Mirage
"A spell-binding story of one woman's struggle to escape the gilded cage of the Middle Eastern aristocracy...I inhaled it!"—-Cindy Adams, syndicated columnist on Mirage
Posted June 1, 2006
I found this novel to be a page turner, I had it read in one day. The stories within the story were also good. I picked this book because I have a family member who's life story is much the same as Dina's story in this book. I only wish her true life story ended as well as Dina's. She is still living this nightmare going on 14 years to be reunited with her 3 children.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 12, 2005
It¿s been done before numerous times. The topical theme of a mixed marriage gone wrong due to a clash of cultures. Staunch Muslim Arab Karim Ahmad blames his American wife, Dina for their eldest son¿s unnatural sexual preference. Repulsed at the American way of life, Karim packs up his younger children, Ali and Suzanne and whisks them off to Amman, Jordan leaving a note that simply says ''I do not want Ali to end up like his older brother.¿¿ Dina is distraught and engages John Constantine to carry out a `manoeuvre¿ that could bring her children home. But the risks are high, leaving Dina wondering whether it would all be worth it. Khashoggi delivers a different touch in Mosaic, by giving two sides of the story. Instead of portraying Karim Ahmad as a reviled, pompous Arab man who takes pleasure in torturing his wife by snatching her little ones, we see him as a man who wants the best for his children and strongly believes he would be saving them from the pollution of American ethics. We see him as a saddened man who wishes for his wife to see things his way, and wanted nothing more than to persuade Dina to join them in Amman and make the family whole again.But Dina is strong spirited, and vows that she will never give up her independence and succumb to the oppression suffered by women in the Arab world. The reunion of mother and children is bittersweet. There is no happy ending. How can there be when a family is torn apart, where children and parent are separated. But this book will leave you with a sense of gratification with its lessons on love, betrayal, family values, cultural differences and how three friends from different backgrounds come together in one time of need. With great compassion and supple prose, Khashoggi leads us into the delicate subject and contemporary crisis of the Arabs and the Americans where each viewpoint has its own merit.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 16, 2011
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