A Thousand Splendid Suns (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Nov 25, 2008 - Fiction - 432 pages
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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.


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An insight into the lives and minds of Afghan culture. - Overstock.com
Wonderful story telling. - Overstock.com
Hosseini is a good writer, but not four star excellent. - Goodreads
... it was easy to read and went really quickly. - Goodreads
The writing is absolutely beautiful. - Goodreads
But Hosseini has the storytelling gift. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Mathusha - LibraryThing

It took me a long time to finally read this book because I knew it would make me cry and I really didn't want to cry. I finally read the book and yes, I actually cried a lot and I got so angry in so ... Read full review

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User Review  - RamonSuarez - LibraryThing

Beautiful against all odds. It was not easy to get into the book, because of the anticipation of all the bad things that I knew were going to happen. As soon as I let myself go I enjoyed it to the ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

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. His third novel, And the Mountains Echoed, was realsed in May 2013, a New York Times bestseller and global publishing event. 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.

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