I think that this is my favourite of Hosseini’s novels to date . While it still looks at an aspect of Afghani society that is alien to us in NZ – the selling of children – I think it is more accessible than his earlier novels.
Abu and his sister Pari live in an isolated village in Afghanistan in the 1950s.
But Pari is sold by her stepfather to a couple who cannot have children. The novel follows the lives of these families over the next generation, through the years of war and from Europe to America and back to Afghanistan again.
While it deals with one of Hosseini’s recurring theme – redemption – the story itself makes compelling reading. And again he creates a very vivid image of a fascinating land – landscape and history.