The new Khaled Hosseini was one of my most anticipated books of the year. The Kite Runner was an outstanding book and I thought the follow-up, A Thousand Splendid Suns, was even better. I loved how both those novels complimented each other. The Kite Runner was about a father and son who fled Afghanistan during the Russian invasion while A Thousand Splendid Suns was about a young woman who stayed behind in Afghanistan in the same period. Both novels broke your heart and opened your eyes to a world we in the West have been woefully ignorant of.
So where was Khaled Hosseini going to take us next? The answer: everywhere.
His new novel opens in Afghanistan in the 1950s and a father telling his children an ancient tale of a giant and a small village. This Afghan parable is the launching pad for a sweeping story that will see a family split apart. A tragic act of desperation has so many beautiful and heart wrenching splinters that slowly start to be put back together, as best as possible. The novel follows each split separately and takes you from a small rural village to the splendour of Kabul in the 1960s. It takes us to Paris, Greece and America while keeping connected with Afghanistan and all its transitions over the last sixty years.
Hosseini displays his immense storytelling powers as he weaves all these stories together, stories that could easily stand on their own. The result is a truly extraordinary and deeply moving exploration of family, memory and home and how no matter how far and wide these pieces are spread there is always the hope, love and strength to bring them back together.
Classification: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Format: Paperback (234mm x 153mm x mm)
Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 21-May-2013
Country of Publication: United Kingdom