TROU­BLE IS ON THE HORI­ZON FOR THE FAM­ILY

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fam­ily and the fu­tures that pro­ceed kalei­do­scop­i­cally from his de­ci­sion. Sa­boor’s wife, Par­wana, re­mem­bers an early, im­pul­sive act of cru­elty that had dire con­se­quences for her more beau­ti­ful sis­ter Ma­sooma. Pari later in life strug­gles to build a happy life with Nila.

The novel widens its gaze to ex­plore the fates of char­ac­ters con­nected only tan­gen­tially to Sa­boor’s fam­ily, re­count­ing for ex­am­ple the life of a Greek plas­tic sur­geon named Markos, who moves into Par­wana’s brother’s house af­ter the Amer­i­can in­va­sion of Afghanistan, and an Afghan com­man­der’s child in a trans­formed Shad­bagh in 2009, who un­cov­ers his fa­ther’s ca­pac­ity for se­crets.

So Hos­seini casts a wide net. The fact he man­ages to an­chor his epic nar­ra­tive on

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