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Tower of Dreams [a novel]

Kathryn K. Abdul-Baki
ISBN: 978-0-89410-817-4
1995/216 pages

"The spirit of place and landscape are palpable.... Abdul-Baki shines in her ability to penetrate the psyche of young Arab women."—Seattle Times

"Succeeds in capturing feelings of loss and despair with power and poignancy.”—World Literature Today


An innocent yet stinging—and always absorbing—account of the lives of two young expatriate girls in Kuwait in the 1960s. Isabel, the red-headed daughter of an American mother and Arab father, befriends Laila, whose family has left the lush, cool mountains of Lebanon in search of a better life in the heat and desert of Kuwait. Abdul-Baki presents the voices of both girls, telling their stories in present time and flashback, from the day they met in the first grade through their high school graduation.