A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Kholed Hoesseini, is a book that will grip you and rip your heart out. It's a book that will speak to you and teach you things you would never learn from a history book. It's a story of two women living in Afghanistan between the 1970s through the early 2000s, whose lives are suddenly and irrevocably intertwined, for better or worse. This is a story of courage, heartache, brutality, revolution, and hope. From the author's website:
A Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last thirty years—from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to the post-Taliban rebuilding—that puts the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives—the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness—are inextricable from the history playing out around them.During somewhat of a reading drought, I picked this book up and I quickly realized I couldn't put it down. I finished it in two days, and it's one of the best books I've read this year. 5 out of 5 stars.