A Thousand Splendid Suns by Kahled Hosseini is set in Afghanistan. Miriam and Laila have vastly different backgrounds. Miriam was the illegitimate daughter of a serving woman and her employer. When she confronts her father’s legitimate family she is married off at the tender age of 15 to a brutal man. Laila is the beloved daughter of a teacher, she is educated and encouraged to believe in herself. Their lives will intersect as violence tears their country apart. Hosseini captures vividly the quiet heroism of the women and the devastation of their country. The Kite Runner, Kahled Hosseini’s first book, is a powerful look at the suffering caused in Afghanistan by the Taliban. It is a coming of age story of two boys, a tale of betrayal and redemption. Amir is the son of a wealthy business man, Hassan the son of a servant to Amir’s father. They are childhood playmates and companions until a brutal attack and a moment’s cowardice severs their relationship. Years later Amir will have the opportunity to atone, but it could cost his life.
— Deon Stonehouse
Spring/Summer '09 Reading Group List
“A Thousand Splendid Suns, from the author of The Kite Runner, is a revealing story of the plight of two Afghan women, brought together by loss and war, both of whom you will come to love.”
— Beth Carpenter, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC
After 103 weeks on the "New York Times" bestseller list and with four million copies of "The Kite Runner" shipped, Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel that confirms his place as one of the most important literary writers today.
Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made "The Kite Runner" a beloved classic, "A Thousand Splendid Suns" is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.
Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.
A stunning accomplishment, "A Thousand Splendid Suns" is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.
About the Author
With more than ten million copies sold in the United States of "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns," and more than thirty-eight million copies sold worldwide in more than seventy countries, Khaled Hosseini is one of most widely read and beloved novelists in the entire world. "The Kite Runner" spent 103 weeks on the "New York Times" bestseller list, and "A Thousand Splendid Suns" debuted as a #1 "New York Times" bestseller, remaining in the #1 spot for fifteen weeks, and spending nearly an entire year on the bestseller list. Hosseini is a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.