And the Mountains Echoed

Khaled Hosseini is a wonderful writer. His previous books, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, sold over 38,000,000 copies worldwide. I loved both. So it was with great anticipation that I looked forward to his new book And the Mountains Echoed. And it was every bit as good as I’d hoped it would be. Abdullah and Pari, two motherless siblings living in the Afghan village of Shadbagh with their father are separated when little Pari is handed over to a rich childless family in Kabul. Unimaginable opportunities await 3 year old Pari, while Adbdullah’s loss of his beloved sister overshadows his life forever. Their lives diverge like the roads from their family village. The book spans 50 years, with Pari being none the wiser about her early years until she gets a phone call explaining family secrets that Nabi, the former cook & chauffeur of her adopted family, didn’t want buried along with him. From Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco and even the Greek island of Tinos, this is a story about  family, love, honour, sacrifice, and betrayal. Hosseini is a fantastic writer, and writes from first hand knowledge of a country blown apart by war and terror. He is currently a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency, and runs his own nonprofit agency that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. I seem to recall from his bio in his previous books that he is a medical doctor as well. Pick up a copy when you’re next in the bookstore, or download your electronic copy for that ride into work. It’s a great book. I loved it.

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