BLURB: Edna, Amira, and Noof are neighbors but that doesn’t mean they know what happens behind closed doors or that they have anything in common with their hired help.
Maria, Maya, and Lillie live in the same compound as their employers but that’s where the similarities begin and end.
There’s never a dull moment for anyone in this desert emirate.
The unending gossip and unrelenting competition may be business as usual for expatriate communities but the unspoken secrets threaten to destroy life as everyone knows it.
My View: I digged in since I loved ‘The Help’ but oh well, it is completely different from that one. So full points for originality.
Unlike a closely bound story, this book is more scattered in terms of characters and their various experiences. It gives an insider’s view into the lives of families and their maids and what goes on in their daily life.
I got a bit confused with keeping track of the characters but as I always say, I am ADD so it may not happen to you. The book doesn’t have a huge list of characters anyhow.
It’s a slow moving book that shows the relation between high-class couples, employer and their maid and the relationship between maids.
There are a lot of emotions involved – from desperation to future aims to sorrow. The book ends on a sad note.
You’ll like it if you want an insight into the relationship between employee-employer relationship as related to maids and the feelings involved.
BIO: Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a South Asian American who has lived in Qatar since 2005. Moving to the Arabian Desert was fortuitous in many ways since this is where she met her husband, had a baby, and made the transition from writing as a hobby to a full time passion. She has since published five e-books including a mom-ior for first time mothers, Mommy But Still Me, a guide for aspiring writers, So You Want to Sell a Million Copies, a short story collection, Coloured and Other Stories, and a novel about women’s friendships, Saving Peace. Most recently, From Dunes to Dior, is a collection of essays related to her experiences as a female South Asian American living in the Arabian Gulf. After she joined the e-book revolution, she dreams in plotlines. Learn more about her work on her website at http://www.mohanalakshmi.com or follow her latest on Twitter: @moha_doha.