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Hosseini, Khaled – A Thousand Splendid Suns

20 Mar 2010

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (2007) [I read the book in late 2009.]

Like The Kite Runner, Hosseini’s first book, this novel is set in Afghanistan.  However, this story runs from the 1960’s to early 2000’s, following the lives of two women, Miriam and Laila, who both end up becoming wives of Rasheed, a very abusive husband.  The focus of the book is the role and condition of women in Afghanistan during this period.  It is a well-written, engaging story – at times powerfully sad, but also celebrating the strength, resilience and perseverance of Miriam and Laila – and the loyal, sacrificing friendship that develops between them.

[Wikipedia currently has a decent plot summary in their article for the book.]

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