2014, Alfred A. Knopf
Goodreads Rating: 3.99
My Rating: Liked it (3)
Contemporary Washington D.C. area
1st sentence/s: "My brother is the king of nowhere."
My comments: Great premise, excellent research, believable characters. I liked it. However, it didn't grab me as I expected.
Goodreads Review: From a former CIA officer comes the riveting account of a royal Middle Eastern family exiled to the American suburbs.When her father is killed in a coup, 15-year-old Laila flees from the war-torn middle east to a life of exile and anonymity in the U.S. Gradually she adjusts to a new school, new friends, and a new culture, but while Laila sees opportunity in her new life, her mother is focused on the past. She’s conspiring with CIA operatives and rebel factions to regain the throne their family lost. Laila can’t bear to stand still as an international crisis takes shape around her, but how can one girl stop a conflict that spans generations?
J.C. Carleson delivers a fascinating account of a girl—and a country—on the brink, and a rare glimpse at the personal side of international politics. *Bonus Backmatter includes a note about the author's CIA past, and a commentary by RAND researcher and president of ARCH International, Dr. Cheryl Benard. Recommendations for further reading are also included.