I used my last ten dollar gift card to buy this book from Barnes & Noble because one of my best friends couldn’t stop talking about how much she loved it. I’ve had it laying around since and never got around to reading it until a few weeks ago, and let me just say, OH MY GOD. A Thousand Splendid Suns was the most heartbreaking and serious book I have read in a while.
If you are a fan of the blog, then you know that a lot of the books I read are light-hearted, so to make this switch was difficult because, even though the characters were not real, their situation was for women, at the time.
A Thousand Splendid Suns is told from the perspectives of two women in Kabul, Afghanistan about how life changed under the control of the Taliban from the Soviet Union. Hosseini really captures the abuse that takes place at home and the female struggle as laws are made clearly separating men and women. Both women grow up throughout the novel which is amazing because I got to watch them mature and change.
I recommend this to everyone at or above the age of 15 (High School or above) because it has some scenes that can leave one feeling shocked and angry. The story itself is not difficult to read and Hosseini provides context to understand the phrases presented in the story.
If you have already read something by Khaled Hosseini, then READ THIS BOOK. Give it a chance, I loved it and I definitely see this book in my future.
What do you see in yours?