A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns

by Khaled Hosseini (Author)

Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, the #1 New York Times bestseller 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. “Just as good, if not better, than Khaled Hosseinis best-selling first book, The Kite Runner.”—NewsweekKhaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel that confirms his place as one of the most important literary writers today.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.

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a 2007 novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. It tells the story of two women, Mariam and Laila, who are brought together by fate and circumstance in Kabul, Afghanistan. The novel spans several decades, from the 1970s to the early 2000s, and explores the lives of Mariam and Laila as they navigate the tumultuous political and social changes that take place in Afghanistan during that time.

Mariam is the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy businessman and his maid. She is raised in a small village outside of Kabul, where she is subjected to abuse and neglect by her stepfather. When she is 15 years old, she is forced to marry Rasheed, a cruel and abusive man who lives in Kabul. Laila is a young woman who lives in Kabul with her parents and brother. She is intelligent and ambitious, and she dreams of becoming a writer. When she is 18 years old, she meets and falls in love with Tariq, a young man who is also a writer. However, their love is forbidden, and they are forced to part ways.

When the Soviet Union invades Afghanistan, Laila's family is forced to flee to Pakistan. Laila is eventually able to return to Kabul, where she finds that Rasheed has taken a second wife, Mariam. Laila and Mariam become friends, and they eventually find the strength to leave Rasheed and start a new life together. However, their happiness is short-lived, as they are both killed by a Taliban gunman.

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a powerful and moving story about the lives of women in Afghanistan. It is a testament to the resilience and strength of the human spirit, even in the face of great adversity. The novel has been praised for its insights into Afghan culture and society, as well as its exploration of themes such as love, loss, and redemption.