The story at the core of this book was inspired by an incident I learned of at first hand during my five years in the Middle East. A young Indian housemaid is held captive in a Kuwaiti villa. Beaten, tortured, and raped by her legal employers, she is one of the legions of migrant workers in the Middle East who live on the edge of brutal slavery. It's a story of attempted rescue. A wealthy Kuwaiti housewife, a young American mom, and a rebellious Palestinian woman, are brought together by a teenaged Indian girl, who risks everything to save her desperate friend locked in the villa next door.
"Captivating . . . . Hobbet gracefully renders her diverse characters and all their competing prejudices . . . ." --The New York Times
"Suspenseful, wonderfully written . . . . " --Kirkus Reviews
And the novel I'm working on now
Ginnie remembers her mother's gentle smile--maybe. She was only three at the time. Raised by her restless, irritable father and his tyrannical mother, she finds herself, at 38, alone and unable to curb her increasingly acerbic, impatient personality. The one man she wants to keep in her life has left her; her beloved younger half-brother is off on another assignment as a war zone photojournalist; and her only close friend is being threatened by his ex. The things that used to keep her steady in bad times don't help anymore--art, books, movies, and mountain hikes. Not even the family heirloom she's always cherished helps her now, a glowing piece of cobalt blue glass from an ancient French chapel. When both her father and grandmother fall dangerously ill, she realizes that all the family history they've never talked about will die with them. But what exactly is there to know?
For Ginnie, the answer may lie in the blue glass.