TROUBLE IS ON THE HORIZON FOR THE FAMILY
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