Mosaic [NOOK Book]


Set against the bustling backdrop of New York City and the exotic splendor of Jordan, Mosaic is a story of love and betrayal, of a clash of cultures and traditions---and one woman's struggle to rebuild her life.

Like many working mothers, Dina Ahmed has become adept at juggling her family and her work. She's the owner of Mosaic, a thriving floral design business, and has ...
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Set against the bustling backdrop of New York City and the exotic splendor of Jordan, Mosaic is a story of love and betrayal, of a clash of cultures and traditions---and one woman's struggle to rebuild her life.

Like many working mothers, Dina Ahmed has become adept at juggling her family and her work. She's the owner of Mosaic, a thriving floral design business, and has been blessed with success, beauty, and, most important, a happy family.

But when she returns home one day to discover that her six-year-old twins have vanished, Dina is forced to admit that her life and her marriage were not as perfect as she'd once believed. After many desperate phone calls---and anxious hours spent piecing the puzzle together---Dina accepts the terrible truth: Her husband, Karim, has taken the twins to his homeland of Jordan to raise the children with his family there.

The authorities can do nothing to bring Dina's children back, and even her father's contacts in the U.S. State Department are of little help. Karim's family is wealthy and powerful, and even though Dina is half Arab herself, her options are limited.

Distraught, but determined to fight, Dina travels to Jordan to confront her husband and to enact a desperate plan to get her children back---but at what risk?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Khashoggi (Mirage) blends a family drama's thoughtfulness with a thriller's tension in this fast-paced novel about a half-Lebanese Manhattanite whose husband, in doing what he believes is right, turns her world upside down. Dina Ahmed thought she had the nearly ideal cross-cultural life: her husband, Karim, is a successful diplomat from a wealthy Jordanian family; her twins, Ali and Suzanne, are lively and well adjusted, well cared for by Karim's spinster aunt; and her chic floral boutique, Mosaic, is thriving. But Karim, plagued by the vague suspicion he's faced after 9/11 and convinced he must save the twins from the American influences he feels have already ruined his and Dina's gay teenage son, Jordy (from whom Karim is estranged), takes Ali and Suzanne to his family home in Amman and vows to raise them there. Dina learns that she has few legal options, and the high-priced detective she consults turns down a rescue job because of Karim's powerful family. Frustrated and frantic, Dina turns to a low-profile PI named John Constantine; after visiting Karim's home in Amman, the detective recommends that Dina journey to visit her children so he can organize a rescue operation during her stay. Khashoggi's taut storytelling keeps the suspense high throughout, and the plot twists are both surprising and realistic, as the author wisely avoids both thriller clich s and post-9/11 politics to engineer a series of believable, thought-provoking compromises. Agent, Liv Blumer. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Khashoggi (Mirage, 1996) 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. Life seems pretty good for Dina Ahmad, who lives in a splendid New York brownstone with husband Karim, their son Jordy, eight-year-old twins Ali and Suzanne, and their housekeeper, Jordanian Fatma. Dina also owns a high-profile flower-design business, called Mosaic, and she and Karim, a Jordanian native, have been married for nearly 20 mostly happy years. Recently, though, there've been some rocky moments: since 9/11, Karim has worried about American attitudes toward Arabs. Even more troubling is his attitude toward the teenaged Jordy. They've learned that Jordy is gay, and Karim, who can't deal with the revelation, holds both Dina and America responsible. Jordy has been sent away to boarding school, and Karim refuses to have any contact with him. One spring day, Dina comes home to find the house empty, and soon she learns that Karim has taken the twins to his family in Jordan. Appalled, Dina calls her two best friends for help: African-American cable show star Emmeline and Jewish doctor Sarah Gelman. Both women, though currently single, have children of their own, empathize with Dina's plight, and soon are helping her find a way to get them back. But it won't be easy. The State Department can't help, and Dina has next to rely on specially trained but pricey independent operatives. Heading to Jordan herself, she learns that the situation is even more complex than she realized: Karim's family not only have powerful connections but their house is guarded and Karim is adamant about keeping the twins. When Dina and herops plan a kidnapping of their own, the scheme goes badly awry. A delicate subject sensitively explored. Agent: Liv Blumer/Blumer Literary Agency
From the Publisher
"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

bestselling novel of The Fourth Procedure Stanley Pottinger
"A compelling story of love, loss, friendship, and strength. . . . A moving story that captures the heart."
Woman Magazine's Book of the Week (UK)
"Imagine coming home to find your children gone—that your husband has taken them to his home country. Exciting stuff."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429912976
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,123,120
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Soheir Khashoggi was born in Alexandria, Egypt. A member of one of Saudi Arabia's most prominent families, she has used her influence to highlight the plight of women across the Arab world. She has participated in conferences worldwide and was a speaker at the international Women's World Forum Against Violence, an organization founded by Queen Sofia of Spain. Ms. Khashoggi has four daughters and lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2005

    A Medley of Ethos

    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.

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