Author Event: Kim Barnes - In the Kingdom of Men
Kim Barnes, author of
In the Kingdom of Men
Tuesday, June 5th
6pm at the Hood River County Library
Co-Sponsored by the Hood River County Library
Waucoma Bookstore and the Hood River County Library are hosting author Kim Barnes for a book reading at 6pm on Wednesday, June 5th at the Hood River County Library. Barnes will be discussing her new book In the Kingdom of Men. In the Kingdom of Men is a richly imagined new novel about a young woman who leaves the dusty farmland of 1960s Oklahoma to follow her husband to the oil fields of Saudi Arabia and finds a world of wealth, glamour, American privilege, and corruption. Kim Barnes is the PEN USA Award-winning author of A Country Called Home.
About the Book
Raised by her grandfather, a strict Methodist minister, in a two-room shack, Gin Mitchell secures a better, happier life for herself when she marries hometown hero Mason McPhee. But even her wildest dreams can't prepare her for the world she and Mason step into when he takes a job at the Arabian American Oil Company in Saudi Arabia. In the desert city of Abqaiq, Gin and Mason are given a house with marble floors, a houseboy to cook their meals, a gardener to tend the sandy patch out back--Gin suddenly has the life she's only read about. But when a young Bedouin woman is found dead in the bay, Gin's world closes in around her and the one person she trusts is nowhere to be found. Set in a gorgeously etched desert landscape, In the Kingdom of Men is an enthralling novel of greed and deceit, of Americans out of their depth in Saudi Arabia, and of a marriage moving inexorably toward ruin.
About the Author
Kim Barnes is the author of two novels, A Country Called Home--winner of the PEN USA Award--and Finding Caruso, and two memoirs, In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country--a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize--and Hungry for the World. Her essays, stories, and poems have been published and anthologized widely. She teaches writing at the University of Idaho and lives with her husband, the poet Robert Wrigley, on Moscow Mountain.