And the Moun­tains Echoed

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by Khaled Hos­seini (2013)

Af­ter The Kite

Run­ner and A Thou­sand Splen­did

Suns, you’d think there are only so many books on the gor­geous rugged ter­rain of Afghanistan and sep­a­rated sib­lings that Hos­seini can weave into a best­seller. This emo­tion­ally charged ac­count of hu­man lives starts off in 1950s Afghanistan when a poor fa­ther gives up his three-year old baby daugh­ter Pari to a rich Kabul cou­ple, tear­ing her away from her twin brother Ab­dul­lah. The en­su­ing chap­ters de­velop in­ter­con­nected plots with mul­ti­ple mem­o­rable char­ac­ters tak­ing you glo­be­trot­ting through Paris, San Fran­cisco and Greece. In typ­i­cal Hos­seini style, there’s lyri­cal mys­ti­cism, folk­lore and a bit­ter­sweet yet hope­ful end that will leave you teary and smil­ing all at the same time.

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