Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed.
Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter.
When the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. Yet love can move a person to act in unexpected ways, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with a startling heroism.
“'In case you're wondering whether A Thousand Splendid Suns is as good as The Kite Runner, here's the answer: No. It's better'” – Washington Post
“'Only the hardest of hearts could fail to be as moved'” – Glamour
“'A masterful narrative ... He is a storyteller of dizzying power'” – Evening Standard
“'Hosseini has that rare thing, a Dickensian knack for storytelling'” – Daily Telegraph