Staff Recommendations: A Thousand Splendid Suns

I just finished the new book by Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and it was very powerful.  Maybe not as emotional as The Kite Runner, but still it packed a punch.  Hosseini is a wonderful storyteller.  He immediately places you firmly in Afghanistan before the Russians invade, following the childhood of Mariam, the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy Herat movie house owner.  When Mariam visits her father’s house, she sets off a series of events that end in her getting married to a shoemaker from Kabul.  He brutalizes her, then marries a younger, more educated woman, Laila, who is orphaned by the Afghanistan revolution.  Mariam and Laila develop a strong relationship against the grimness of life under the Taliban and their abusive husband.  I spent the better part of two nights absorbing  this fascinating book.  I truly could not stop reading it.  Highly recommended!


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