Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 432 pages
Audiobook Length: 11 hours and 43 minutes
First Published: 2007
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.
Quotes from A Thousand Splendid Suns
Marriage can wait, education cannot.
Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.
Behind every trial and sorrow that He makes us shoulder, God has a reason.
A society has no chance of success if its women are uneducated.
You see, some things I can teach you. Some you learn from books. But there are things that, well, you have to see and feel.
About Khaled Hosseini
Khaled Hosseini is a doctor and the bestselling author of the novels The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, And the Mountains Echoed, and the children’s illustrated book Sea Prayer. Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, during his childhood before moving to Paris. Because of the communist coup, Hosseini’s family was granted political asylum in the United States. Khaled is the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan. He currently lives in California with his family. Visit the author’s website →