PAINTING KUWAIT VIOLET is one of those books that has many layers to it.
It’s a look at cultural “standards” in the not so distant past. Women are less than second class citizens and laws and traditions are slow to change; “… Kuwait was rebuilding and needed skilled and unskilled laborers. Most Kuwaitis were either not qualified or too rich to do the work.” People like Violet saw this as an opportunity to perhaps get ahead in life. Violet wasn’t afraid to lower her expectations for work.
It’s also a story with mystery and suspense. There is someone running amok and making the protagonist’s boss (Sabah) tip toe around what is going on.
This book is very detailed in its writing. At times I found myself skimming a bit because I wanted to know what happens next. There are many characters in the story and each is introduced in a way that I was able to keep most of them straight. There is good and there is evil and there are those doing evil for what they think is the greater good.
This story was very complex. At all times it made me grateful for the life I live today.
This is the first story I’ve read by this author and I will keep an eye out for her stories in the future.
Review by @mauraharper