A Thousand Splendid Suns
Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed. Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter.
When the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. Yet love can move a person to act in unexpected ways, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with a startling heroism.
In case you're wondering whether A Thousand Splendid Suns is as good as The Kite Runner, here's the answer: No. It's better * Washington Post *
A masterful narrative ... He is a storyteller of dizzying power * Evening Standard *
Hosseini has that rare thing, a Dickensian knack for storytelling * Daily Telegraph *
A gripping tale ... It is, too a powerful portrait of female suffering and endurance under the Taliban * Daily Mail *
A beautifully crafted and disturbing story ... As unforgettable as The Kite Runner, this novel places us in Afghanistan with an open heart -- Isabel Allende
A heartfelt saga that encompasses romance and melodrama, personal and political intrigue, the onslaught of war and dispossession * Independent *
If he cut his teeth by writing about his countrymen, it is the plight of Afghanistan's women that has brought him to realise his full powers as a novelist * The Times *
A Thousand Splendid Suns has all the particularity of a novel and all the force of a fable ... It reads, in many ways, like an old-fashioned romance adventure * Mail on Sunday *
Hosseini has done it again ... A Thousand Splendid Suns is a triumph. In Khaled Hosseini, Afghanistan has at last found a voice * Financial Times *