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A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns is the second novel by Afghan author Khaled Hosseini. His debut novel, The Kite Runner, became a worldwide best seller and was made into a successful film. A Thousand Splendid Suns focuses on the tumultuous lives of two Afghan women, from the 1960s to 2003. Betrayed by her father, Mariam is forced to marry Rasheed at age 15. Abusive and cruel, he forces her to wear a burqa and punishes her both physically and mentally for her inability to bear him a son and heir. Laila was born to educated, liberal parents and has enjoyed freedoms that Mariam could only have dreamed of. The wars of the 1980's and 1990's, force the two women together and after an initial rivalry they become the closest of allies. A sometimes heartbreaking story, but told with confidence and charm. Kahled gives the reader an amazing insight into the everyday lives of the Afganistan people, first as a Monarchy, then under the Russians, the Taliban and at the very end, the hopeful start of a new democracy.

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