A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini, is another very important story about the traumatic, life-changing events the people of Afghanistan have had to endure. Hosseini has put these events in a very readable format--the recent historical novel--and has intrigued a large audience of Americans. It is heartening that so many people want to understand what is going on, in human terms, in Afghanistan.
Khaled Hosseini is not the most artistic writer, but this story very engaging, and more consistently so than The Kite Runner, in my opinion. This story follows the lives of two women, Miriam and Laila, who are different ages and come from much different backgrounds, but eventually wind up married to the same brutal man. Under the Taliban's rule, all women were non-people, the walking dead, property to do with as a husband wished. No matter how educated, how experienced, all women were reduced to this state. So, let this be a warning: this is a great story that had to be told, but it's a massive tear-jerker, too.
It does end on a hopeful note and I'd recommend it to anyone.