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We are pleased to announce that the Book of the Year for 2007 is A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini, whose brilliant debut The Kite Runner has sold more than four million copies. Known for evocative portraits and beautifully bittersweet stories, Hosseini again returns to tumultuous Afghanistan, this time to tell the tale of two women and the life-changing friendship between them…
The child of an illicit affair, Mariam was raised by her single mother on the outskirts of town. At fourteen, she was was sent to Kabul and sold in marriage to Rasheed, a widower decades older than she. But now after twenty years and no offspring, Rahseed takes a beautiful teenager, Laila, as his second wife. While Mariam despises Laila and the baby born months after her arrival, Rasheed’s brutality and the explosive changes in the country soon bond the women to each other. In hushed voices they talk of fleeing, but as the Taliban’s hold tightens, any hope for freedom dwindles…until someone from Laila’s past returns, promising a chance for escape that both women will sacrifice everything to take, and for which one will pay the ultimate price.
Like The Kite Runner, a novel with “simple, exquisite writing that compels the reader to turn the page” (The Philadlephia Inquirer), A Thousand Splendid Suns is a heart-wrenching story of how, from a country’s tortured heart grows an unlikely bond…and an indestructable love.
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