The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns ~ Khaled Hosseini: Both are such wonderful books. Both give us a glimpse of Afghanistan through the eyes of Amir (The Kite Runner), a young boy growing up in the last days of the monarchy to present day; and Mariam (A Thousand Splendid Suns), a young girl who grows up under the reign of the taliban. Both stories are incredibly harrowing and gravely disturbing.
They cause you to feel terror, despair, hopelessness, and sorrow, but the author somehow weaves in a thread of hope leaving you glued to the story, page by page. Eventually, you will find you have finished the book and wish there were more. Definitely two of my top five books. I have recommended both books to many friends who have also loved them, so if you haven’t yet read them, please do. You’ll lose yourself in Mariam’s story, and find yourself wishing you could fight alongside her. And you’ll hold your breath while reading the memories of Amir’s past with his kind-hearted and loyal friend, Hassan. Both books are stunning!