2017 Mar 5
by Vandana Hiranand
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.
As always, Hosseini’s novels are breathtaking, honest, and real. This novel tells the heartbreaking story of love, separation, and the indestructible bond between two women in dire circumstances. Set against the backdrop of Afghanistan in times of war, Hosseini perfectly encapsulates the terror and disastrous outcomes of war, the oppression of the Taliban, and the mindset of the people, through the lives of two female characters.
If you’re searching for a lighthearted novel, this most certainly isn’t it! However, through the gifted storytelling of Hosseini, readers will be enthralled, shocked, and occasionally outraged. The well-depicted characters will tug at your heartstrings, making you cry and feel the injustice of such situations firsthand. Reading Hosseini’s novels is always an experience, and A Thousand Splendid Suns is no exception.