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Critical Praise

Afghan-American novelist Khaled Hosseini follows up his bestselling THE KITE RUNNER with another searing epic of Afghanistan in turmoil. . . . Hosseini gives a forceful but nuanced portrait of a patriarchal despotism where women are agonizingly dependent on fathers, husbands and especially sons, the bearing of male children being their sole path to social status His tale is a powerful, harrowing depiction of Afghanistan, but also a lyrical evocation of the lives and enduring hopes of its resilient characters.

—Riverhead Trades Weekly (starred review)

Hosseini’s magnificent second novel is a sad and beautiful testament to both Afghani suffering and strength. Readers who lost themselves in THE KITE RUNNER will not want to miss this unforgettable follow up.

—Booklist (starred review)

A fine risk-taking novel about two-victimized but courageous Afghan women….Another artistic triumph, and surefire bestseller, for this fearless writer.

—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)