A Thousand Splendid Suns


hosseini, khaled. A Thousand Splendid Suns.

ATTS publications, 2007.

ISBN: 978-1-59448-950-1

written by: Khaled hosseini

Reviewed By: Tegan Roberts

Recommended Audience: high school+

A magnificent and melancholy novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns tells the story of the lives and hardships of two women living in Afghanistan. Split into four parts, beginning in the mid 60s following a young girl named Mariam and ending in the early 2000s with the story of Laila. Mariam grows up a Harami, or bastard, living in a hut with her hateful and emotionally abusive mother outside of a small city called Herat. Her father had put Mariam and her mother there after he had cheated on his three wives with Mariam’s mother. Mariam looks up to her rich father and spends her days looking forward to every Thursday when he comes to visit her and tells her of the happenings of the city and the movie theater he owns.

Born in the 1970s – 80s, Laila has a very different childhood with a intelligent, bookish teacher for a father and a mother with crippling depression. Laila is a very bright and beautiful girl who lives in Kabul and has a loving family with two older brothers fighting in the war against the soviets. But her life is disrupted by the war and drastically changed. A Thousand Splendid Suns beautifully weaves together the lives of these two women. in a story of love, friendship, tragedy, and hardships, Mariam and Laila find each other.


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