Mama Hissa’s Mice by Saud Alsanousi

Mama Hissa’s Mice by Saud Alsanousi
Publisher: Amazon Crossing
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Length: Full length (373 pages)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Lavender

Growing up together in the Surra section of central Kuwait, Katkout, Fahd, and Sadiq share neither ethnic origin nor religious denomination—only friendship and a rage against the unconscionable sectarian divide turning their lives into war-zone rubble. To lay bare the ugly truths, they form the protest group Fuada’s Kids. Their righteous transgressions have made them targets of both Sunni and Shi’a extremists. They’ve also elicited the concern of Fahd’s grandmother, Mama Hissa, a story-spinning font of piety, wisdom, superstition, and dire warnings, who cautions them that should they anger God, the sky will surely fall.

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Snaking through decades of Kuwaiti history well into a cataclysmic twenty-first century, Mama Hissa’s Mice is a harrowing, emotional, and caustic novel of rebellion. It also speaks to the universal struggle of finding one’s identity and a reason to go on, even after the sky has fallen.

Three long-time friends with different backgrounds have to find a way to survive in a war-torn world. Kuwait is filled with risk, everywhere one looks, and people must either choose sides or bravely face the consequences. Katkouk, Sadiq, and Fahd—the three friends in the story—dare to protest. Readers will follow them along their journey, seeing their courage, and facing the all-too-human decisions they will make. Everyone around them will try to pull them in different directions.

Mama Hissa offers her grandmotherly wisdom, and the brave characters will recall happier times as well as more troubled ones, and the advice she had for them.

The story presents a first-hand account of what it was like to live in Kuwait during the time Iraq came over to make this land one of their provinces. We get the fascinating peek into not only the thoughts and feelings of Kuwaitis on the matter, but also those of a woman who was Iraqi-born and living there now. Loyalties, admirations, and resentments seem to change with lightning speed (except for religious loyalties), depending on the hero or the villain of the hour. Foreign neighbors will either be liked or despised, depending on what their home nations are doing at the moment. Readers are granted side-by-side comparisons of different Middle-Eastern cultures and passionate emotions.

The suspense runs high, the characterization is realistic and fitting to the cultures represented, and important questions are presented. Prejudices are shown as they are. Readers will become immersed in the tale as it unfolds. For those interested in the Middle East, this would be a good book to check out.

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