Sunday, May 20, 2007

Book Watch: A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
Pub Date: May 22, 2007
ISBN-10: 1594489505
ISBN-13: 978-1594489501

After 103 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and with four million copies of The Kite Runner shipped, Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel that confirms his place as one of the most important literary writers today.

Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.

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.

Watch Khaled Hosseini introduce ATSS. To read an exclusive excerpt, click here.


10 comment(s):

Blogger Marg said...

I am so looking forward to reading this book!

5/20/2007 11:30:00 PM  

Blogger Rachel said...

I so loved the Kite Runner I can't wait to read this one!

I have a problem reading books set in a foreign land with foreign terms that are unfamiliar. But Hosseini uses a familiar style and though Afghan words pop up some times, instead of appearing dull or tedious, they are fascinating.

5/20/2007 11:56:00 PM  

Blogger Aggie said...

Sounds good.

5/21/2007 04:18:00 AM  

Anonymous Gabrielle said...

My friends been trying to convince me to read the Kite Runner but I havent had the chance. If this is getting so much praise then maybe I should read it :D

5/21/2007 08:03:00 AM  

Blogger Shoshana said...

I absolutely enjoyed The Kite Runner, so I am looking forward to this one. I'll probably pre-order it. The audio was great....I think the author read it.

5/21/2007 10:09:00 AM  

Blogger Polly King said...

It sounds good. I loved The Kite Runner too.

5/21/2007 01:03:00 PM  

Anonymous Ollenska said...

I loved, loved, loved The Kite Runner. Can't wait for this one!

Olly

5/21/2007 10:50:00 PM  

Blogger Lorelei said...

103 weeks? Wow. I have yet to read The Kite Runner but everyone says it is such a wonderful book. I should start on that one first.

5/21/2007 11:04:00 PM  

Blogger Jolie said...

Shoshana, Hosseini did the reading himself for his audiobook?

Looking forward to this one, Hosseini is a great author.

5/22/2007 03:26:00 AM  

Blogger Petra said...

BBs, I was thinking maybe we should do this for BBC. It sounds like something we should discuss. Or The Kite Runner! :)

5/22/2007 08:52:00 AM