Mar 15, 10
Read in March, 2010
I greatly enjoyed Hosseini's first book, Kite Runner, and in this book he equals, possibly even exceeds, his first work. This story of two women caught in the tumultuous and ever-changing world of Afghanistan in the latter part of the 20th century is heart-wrenching. I almost wept for both women at a few points. Further, it is not just a great story, it is educational as Hosseini opens up a world unknown to many in the west who did not pay attention to Afghanistan until after 9/11. It would go too far to call this historical fiction, instead the backdrop for the story is a real world too few know about. Highly recommended.