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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"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)
Couldn't wait to finish this depressing, unhappy tome. I found the life of an Afgan woman depressing. The history of Afganistan depressing. The people depressed by belief and custom. The historical backdrop and storyline carried me through this sorid tale. I thought I might try Kite Flyer but if it is three time as cheerful as this book I will dislike it.
Another wonderful book by this author. My heart aches for the women in this country and what they have to endure. Its pretty bad when you sneak and listen to a book when you are supposed to be working. I too cried, and my co workers are all asking me what was wrong.
Not so many Afgan words however if Iwas reading the book I couldneverhadpronounced, inmyhead, all the places and names.
Not such a monotone reader.
More action and drama less listing of names.
Simply the best
Mariam of course. I was interesting to follow her life from a young girl living in poverty through her troubled life filled with sacrifices.
Not that I can remember, but, her narration was, in my opionion, one of the best.
The ultimate sacrifice that one wife gave to the other.
One of the best audio books I've ever listened to, bar none.
I have not read a simular story
it was very moving
it is a great read
I listen to audiobooks when I drive and when I hike.
This novel really held my attention, but I did have to wonder if it ended too soon.
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