Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling
author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a
new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how
the choices we make resonate through generations.
In this tale
revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters,
cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which
families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another;
and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at
the times that matter most.
Following its characters and the
ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from
Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story
expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and
powerful with each turning page.
As soon as this book was published, my book club decided this would be added to our reading list. So when we won a set of books this last year we figured it was meant to be. Hosseini crafted a creative tale for us once again, this time spanning several generations and from various points throughout the world.
Each chapter of this novel is told from a different character of the book. I must admit that it was quite confusing at times, because when starting a new chapter it would sometimes go on for many pages until you realize the common thread it has with the rest of the book. Since we hear from so many different narrators, I don't even think I can give you a favorite character.
The story opens with a young family in Kabul and how they are torn apart, being sent in different directions. For some children, they were so small that the rest of the family is so faint a memory they don't even know if it is true. As they grow and become wiser as they have continued on with their lives in various global destinations, they can't help but feel an emptiness within their hearts.
As they struggle with the memories of their youth, they must admit their past in order to be a part of each other's futures. Like I said earlier, each character in the book had some connection to these children. Sometimes it may have been only a small connection, but still a very important one that was needed to help them find each other once again.
Considering how much I loved Hosseini's other books, I wanted to enjoy this book much more than I did. I think because there were so many different narrators it did not allow me to get close to any individual character. But with themes of family, love, forgiveness, and sacrifice, you may enjoy this book too. It did make a great book club discussion and I recommend it for your reading group or for personal leisure.
My Rating: 3/5
Disclosure: This book is from of my personal collection and I read it for personal leisure and as a book club selection.