Join Gayle Bustin on Monday, April 8 at 6:30 in the Lawson McGhee Library meeting room for a discussion of In the Kingdom of Men by Kim Barnes.
Set in the 1960s, In the Kingdom of Men follows a young expat couple as they attempt to adapt to their new surroundings. Gin Phillips grew up poor in Oklahoma. Raised by her strict, evangelical grandfather, she dreams of a better life. An accidental pregnancy leads teenage Gin first to Texas, where her new husband, Mason, works on an oil rig. Soon after, Mason accepts a foreign position and they move to Saudi Arabia, where they must both grapple with a new home and a new culture.
Gayle has gained a world view of living conditions and acceptable standards while living in South Africa, Russia and four countries in the Middle East. Since moving to Knoxville, Gayle has served many civic organizations including East Tennessee Design Center where she headed up the Downtown Design Home Tour. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Metropolitan Planning Commission, Introduction Knoxville committee where she is chair-elect and the Nominating Committee of the YWCA.