Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Dohmestics by Mohanalaksnmi Rajakumar

Title:  The Dohmestics
Author:  Mohanalaksnmi Rajakumar
Published:  December 20th 2012 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Page Count:  178
Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Book 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 Review:

This was a remarkably well written novel. I appreciated how the author does not waste a great deal of time on extraneous descriptions. She sets the scene remarkably well, but also leaves room for the reader to use their imagination to help build this world.

It was also quite unique with an extremely intriguing premise. It is a very different outlook on life and was very interesting to read about. The author takes the lives of many individuals in multiple classes and shows their interactions and reactions to one another in a very entertaining manner. This is extra interesting because there is a veritable melting pot of character types and nationalities within this novel that all fit together to create an unforgettable story. She also switches perspective between the characters to help illustrate this and to give the reader a great deal of detail and information that would otherwise be possible. She also did so quite smoothly and clearly.

There is a rather large cast of characters in this novel, but you get to know each and every one of them as an individual. It is also a multicultural cast of characters with interracial families that all live together in relative harmony. Rajakumar takes the time to develop each character separately. They each possess qualities that tie them directly to their cultural origin, while also being the individual who lives within this community.

I found it very refreshing to read about such a different outlook on life. It really made me think. Above all, however, this novel kept me thoroughly entertained throughout.

Buy your copy of this novel online here today!

Author 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 or follow her latest on Twitter: @moha_doha.

Contact the Author Online:

Twitter: @moha_doha

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