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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.

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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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    N. Possas Phoenx, AZ 08-12-07
    N. Possas Phoenx, AZ 08-12-07 Member Since 2004

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    "Extraordinary"

    This tale was just one of the finest character studies I have ever read. Simpathetic without being soppy. The language and turns-of-phrase are beautiful. I enjoyed this book almost as much as the Kite Runner. The narration was also excellent.

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    Russell Tampa, FL, USA 08-12-07
    Russell Tampa, FL, USA 08-12-07
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    "Would appeal more to women...I think"

    Very interesting epic-like book that may not appeal to the typical male reader.

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    rminshal 08-12-07
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    "Historical Fiction at it's best!"

    A Thousand Splendid Suns is a poignat story depicting the lives of two young women in Afghanastan from 1954 to 2004. The story eloquently follows the lives of two young women from two differnt generations showing how thier lives flow together and seperate from one onother in a land rife with war, violence, and political instability. The plight of the Afghani women during this time period is depicted with such stunning detail that the listener will wonder why they are not doing more to help rid the world of such injustices in this day and age. Brilliantly told on so many levels!
    A definitive must read.

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    Mary Denver, CO, United States 08-07-07
    Mary Denver, CO, United States 08-07-07 Listener Since 2003
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    "annoying accent is the only downfall"

    The reader was annoying, substituting a babyish "W" sound instead the letter R. But the book is excellent and not to be missed!

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    Nancy los lunas, NM, USA 08-07-07
    Nancy los lunas, NM, USA 08-07-07
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    "Great Book"

    This is an incredible book - highly recommend it. It tells a engrossing story of the lives of 2 women in Afganistan. It is not the type of book I usually read - I like action and horror - but you lose yourself in the story.

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    Cathy St. JohnVirgin Islands, U.S. 08-04-07
    Cathy St. JohnVirgin Islands, U.S. 08-04-07
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    "A Wonderful Book"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The only problem I had was that the reader has such a sing song cadence that I often got side tracked listening to her and had to go back to catch the story line.

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    Sara Penn Valley, PA, USA 08-01-07
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    "engaging and beautifully written"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. It was a great and entertaining listen. I find some books do not lend themslves to audio but this book does. It was even better than Kite Runner which I also loved. I highly recommend it.

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    Cynthia Baker City, OR, USA 07-30-07
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    I loved this book. It is well worth the time. I recommend it to all readers.

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    Amazon Queen 07-29-07
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    "Truely Great"

    This is a must. The story of two women and how their very different lives collide. This is not a feel-good story. It is more a superb piece of literature that should become mandatory reading (listening).

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    Diane M Benetz Parkville, MO United States 07-26-07
    Diane M Benetz Parkville, MO United States 07-26-07 Listener Since 2004
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    "Great read"

    This author was able to transport me into situations in which I have had no remote experience nor probably ever will living in the middle of the US. It really made me look at Afghanistan in a whole new way and the citizens of this war torn region. He is a fabulous author. "Kite Runner" was slightly better but that still means this was an exceptional read.

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