May 30, 2015

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Title:  And the Mountains Echoed
Author:  Khaled Hosseini
Pages:  404
Genre:  Fiction
Publisher:  Riverhead Books, 2013

Synopsis:  Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most.

Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page

Review:  I was surprised when I read A Thousand Splendid Suns.  I did not expect to enjoy the book half as much as I did.  This time around, I knew what a fine author Khaled Hosseini is.  And still, his panoramic and engrossing tale has managed to surprise me.

The characters, the backdrops, and the story are all so rich and vivid that it begins to feel as if it's real and you are there.  Incredible, sad and unforgettable.

Rating:  9.5 / 10

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