Thursday, June 13, 2013

Book Bucket List | And the Mountain Echoed

When I read Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, it was one of the most moving and powerful books I had read in a long time.  I then went out to get A Thousand Splendid Suns, which I also loved, and got me hooked on Khaled Hosseini as an author. 

Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan.  As a child, he moved with his family to Iran, Paris, and eventually settled in San Jose, California.  Hosseini attended Santa Clara University and graduated with a degree in Biology.  He then attended UC San Diego's medical school.  He practiced medicine while writing his first novel, The Kite Runner, and continued for a year even after The Kite Runner had been released.

This May, Hosseini released his latest novel, And the Mountains Echoed.  The story follows a family across continents and generations.  The story begins with a father telling his children a fairy tale about a boy being stolen by a "div" or ogre.  However, the next day, the father gives away one of his children to a wealthy man who lives in Kabul.  That decision sets off events in that family for over fifty years where Hosseini dives into what it means to be a family, tough decisions, and loyalty.

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