2017 May 12
In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.
Hosseini’s novel is truly a fictional masterpiece. The intricate web of tales, stories, and relationships throughout the novel will continuously surprise and astound readers. Hosseini beautifully describes the impact a single choice can make on the futures of so many individuals, and illustrates the strength and doubts of relationships which create lifetime bonds. The introspective nature of Hosseini’s writing is unmatched and reveals the bare truth of many issues, such as the impact of society, the disastrous nature of war, the ripple effect of a single action, and the unsteady bridge between love and duty.
Largely relevant in today’s world, Hosseini manages to further capture the sheltered nature of those born into privilege and those born into unfortunate circumstances, demonstrating the many roles this privilege can take, an important one being ignorance. The novel further touches upon forbidden love in many forms and the unbreakable bond two individuals can have. Undoubtedly, the key factor in the novel is the elaborate connections between every character, and the complex emotions brought out in various life situations. In fact, don’t be surprised if this book has you in tears at the end!