A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini, 2007)


Why did you choose this book?

This was the group read for our LEI Around the World in 80 Books class.  I was not excited about reading it but my opinion changed considerably by the time I was finished.

What’s it about?

This is the story of two women growing up and living in Afghanistan.  Mariam is the illegitimate child of a middle-class theater owner, who built her mother a shack in the woods.  After a tragedy, her father arranges her marriage to a cobbler named Rasheed.  Mariam is barren and Rasheed mistreats her horribly.  After a tragic bomb blast, Laila has been orphaned and Miriam nurses her back to health.  Rasheed takes her as a wife as well.  I won’t say more here at the risk of spoiling the story for you.


Historical fiction, Middle Eastern

Other recommended reads?

The only other fiction works I can think of are Hosseini’s other books.  For nonfiction, you might try The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg.


The only words I can use to adequately describe this book: heartbreaking and important.  Every time I thought Mariam and Laila could take no more hardship, something else would happen to them.  Mariam was always my favorite and I just wished she could find some happiness in her life.  I guess in the end, she did.

Up next?

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh


2 thoughts on “A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini, 2007)

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this! I was blown away by his And the Mountains Echoed and am looking forward to reading The Kite Runner over the summer. This one will have to wait a little longer, but it’s great to know all his books seem to be as good as each other.


    • I haven’t read any of his other books either, but I’m certainly looking forward to doing so. Some of my friends have said that the first book they read by Hosseini was the best, the second was second best and so on. It’s interesting because they all started with different books! You’ll have to tell me if you feel the same way after you read the next one. 🙂

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