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Critical Praise

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)

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)

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)