THE DIPLOMAT'S DAUGHTER by William Kinsolving


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 Ever the slapdash master of the wildly improbable, Kinsolving here abandons the rags-to-riches rut of Bred to Win (1990) to focus on those born to rule and on the trendy tumult of Middle East terrorism and diplomatic brinkmanship. Superwoman Lily McCann maintains an unflagging can-do attitude, whether working her way through Yale as an undergraduate or hanging tough against an obsessed Arab meanie who hates her just for being American and beautiful. Calling Cairo home with her roving diplomat father after they are abandoned by her flighty French mother, Lily experiences the troubles of the region firsthand, witnessing a group of Palestinian children in her care butchered on the eve of the 1967 War. Years later, when a terrorist car bomb in Beirut does in her father, she decides to take up his cause of the devoted yet principled public servant, thereby complicating her stormy marriage to the brilliant, self-serving Worth Deloit, who wants only to enter the top echelon of the State Department and doesn't care how he does it. Posted by the Foreign Service to the Middle East, Lily allows herself to be wooed by a diamond merchant in Israel only to learn that he's a Mossad agent, then is abducted in Jordan by her Arab nemesis, who shuts her in a closet with the agent to die; ever resourceful, she escapes unharmed when he picks the lock with her IUD. In a last-minute maneuver, Lily prevents the terrorists from sterilizing all of Israel, but Worth is killed protecting her--thereby living up to his name in the end. As always, far-fetched and outrageously contrived, but with enough realistic detail to make the tale palatable: admirers won't be disappointed.

Pub Date: June 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-385-41931-7
Page count: 416pp
Publisher: Doubleday
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1993