Book Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns

This column, which ran on UPI’s Religion and Spirituality Forum, is written with gratitude to Gene Hewitt, who gave me both of Khaled Hosseini’s novels and who took me to a staged production of The Kite Runner at San Jose State University. Everyone’s lives should be filled with such literate and kind-hearted friends.

Like most fans of Khaled Hosseini’s debut novel The Kite Runner, I was afraid to pick up his newly-released second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns. I was among the millions of readers around the world who found myself slightly dehydrated from the shedding of tears while reading The Kite Runner’s tale of redemption and forgiveness set against the horrors of war and the struggles of immigration. It has been a few years since I read The Kite Runner, and the story still haunts me.

Two weeks ago a friend of mine gave me A Thousand Splendid Suns and I began to read the book completely expecting to be disappointed. I was sure that Khaled Hosseini’s second novel either would be a The Kite Runner sung in a different key, or it would be pathetic nonsense, having us all wish that Hosseini had taken up Harper Lee as a role model, and returned to his medical practice.

But I was not disappointed. Continue reading