rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow! What an amazing book!! One of my favorite books is Hosseini's first novel,The Kite Runner.
This time Hosseini takes us into the lives of two Afghan women. Three decades of life inside a burqa. The story starts with Mariam who at 15 is married off to Rasheed, 40, after her mother dies. Her father's wives don't want her in their house.
The Soviets have control over Afghanistan. During the war between the Taliban, other tribes, and the Soviet Union reduce Kabul to piles of rubble. Rasheed takes a second wife, Laila, 14.
The women suffer beatings and other horrible events in life. Sometimes death seems like the only escape. Although the women are not allowed to have an education they are intelligent, brave, and strong.
After reading this book I knew that nothing I would experience in my life would be nearly as hard as what the women of Afghanistan experience.
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