About the Book
So, then. You want a story and I will tell you one...
Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother inthe small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work andthey struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Abdullah, Pari - as beautifuland sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named - is everything. More like aparent than a brother, Abdullah will do anything for her, even trading his only pair ofshoes for a feather for her treasured collection. Each night they sleep together in theircot, their heads touching, their limbs tangled.
One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father. Pari andAbdullah have no sense of the fate that awaits them there, for the event which unfoldswill tear their lives apart; sometimes a finger must be cut to save the hand.
Crossing generations and continents, moving from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, tothe Greek island of Tinos, with profound wisdom, depth, insight and compassion,Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives, the ways inwhich we help our loved ones in need, how the choices we make resonate throughhistory and how we are often surprised by the people closest to us.
About the Author
Khaled Hosseini is one of the most widely read and beloved novelists in the world, withover thirty eight million copies of his books sold in more than seventy countries. The KiteRunner was a major film and was a Book of the Decade, chosen by The Times, DailyTelegraph and Guardian. A Thousand Splendid Suns was the Richard & Judy BestRead of the Year in 2008. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations HighCommissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency and the founder of The KhaledHosseini Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which provides humanitarian