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A Thousand Splendid Suns | [Khaled Hosseini]

A Thousand Splendid Suns

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 30 years of Afghanistan 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.

©2007 TKR Publications, LLC. All rights reserved; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Another searing epic....[Hosseini's] tale is a powerful, harrowing depiction of Afghanistan, but also a lyrical evocation of the lives and enduring hopes of its resilient characters." (Publishers Weekly)
"Unimaginably tragic, Hosseini's magnificent second novel is a sad and beautiful testament to both Afghani suffering and strength. Readers who lost themselves in The Kite Runner will not want to miss this unforgettable follow up." (Booklist)

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    Very different but just as good as "The Kite Runner". Excellent writing...couldn't put it down.

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    It is hard to believe that there is any place in the world of the 1990's and 2000's that could possibly treat women in such a manner. I wish that this book was merely a fictional account of middle eastern customs, but I met a doctor from that area who told me of the same abusive behavior he encountered that was dealt with in the book. -- I found this book very enlightening and gripping. Be prepared for sad, to sadder, and even saddest. Very, very well done!

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    "Another Great Book"

    Makes you realize how fortunate we women in the US are here and the freedom we have. We know he was choosing a certain type of person, but you could see how women are treated in the Middle East. It reminds me like they were treated by in Old Testament times. Great listen. Didn't want it to end.

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    "It doesn't disappoint"

    After the Kite Runner I did not expect such a marvelous second novel. Splendidly written and narrated.

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    To me, a spiritual book, is anything that, when I finish reading, leaves me with a lingering thought... we are all one...

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    "A Thousand Kudos to Khaled"

    Another whopping success for Khaled. It's difficult to believe that this is only his second book. You won't be able to stop listening. You desperately want the characters who suffer so much to receive redemption and freedom and they all do, in some fashion. This writer's books will endure, as his characters do. One of the best books I've listened to or read.

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    "Loved it"

    This book was a fantastic match to the Kite Runner. Both had me entranced from the first paragraph. With the present situation in the Middle East, everyone should read novels like these.

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    "AFGANASTAN"

    IT WAS A VERY RIVETING BOOK. OF THE CHANGES THAT HAVE OVERTAKEN A COUNTRY AND TWO WOMEN THAT WE'RE BORN THERE . A MUST READ.

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    "thought provoking"

    This was a very well written book. It was enlightening to read about life in Afghanistan during the end of the last century. The author is a wordsmith and a master at his craft. I felt like I was right there experiencing life along with the characters. I will probably reread this book at a future date.

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    Cindy ELON, NC, United States 06-20-07
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    "What will I do when it's over?"

    This is one of those books that permeates your mind and becomes part of you. The writing, as in Kite Runner, is just beautiful. The plot breaks your heart. The characters become part of you. And the narrator adds SO MUCH to the presentation of the book! Her voice is so rich and genuine, her intonation so perfect, you almost feel that you are in Afghanistan as you listen. I can't say enough good things about this purchase. Don't hesitate on this one.

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