This past summer I read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and posted a review here. We were eating dinner with some friends last weekend and my friend mentioned A Thousand Splendid Suns, another book by Hosseini. She had finished reading it and loaned me her copy. I could hardly put it down. Again, a very compelling story about what it was like to grow up in Afghanistan. For a Westerner reading this book, again my eyes have been opened to the tragedies that the Afghans have lived each and every day at the hands of the Taliban and prior to that…the Soviets. This story revolved around the lives of Miriam and Laila…separately at first, and then together for the majority of the book. This really is a heartwarming story in some ways because of the way that the ladies worked together for the good of their family even at the cost of their own comfort.
“Every Afghan story is marked by death and loss and unimaginable grief. And yet people find a way to survive, to go on.”
Great read if you want to learn about what life is really like in Afghanistan through the eyes of two ladies trying to care for their family.