I finished reading Khaled Hosseini 2007 novel A Thousand Splendid Suns in one day. I started reading the opening sentence on Saturday evening:
“Mariam was five years old the first time she heard the word harami.”
And the final sentences 24 hours later on Sunday evening:
“But the game involves only male names. Because, if it’s a girl, Laila has already named her.”
Inbeween, I became emotionally involved with the characters, laughed with joy when good things happened to them, grew anxious on their behalf when danger loomed, became angry and depressed at the unfairness of men who use religion to justify repressing, abusing and brutalising women, shed tears of grief when a light of goodness was extinguished, and cried tears of relief when true love and compassion won in the end. What a roller coaster of emotions…
Like Hosseini’s first novel, The Kite Runner, the story is set primarily in Afghanistan. But whereas that novel focused on the friendship between two boys, Amir and Hassan, the main protagonists of this novel are two women from two different backgrounds and with different histories whose lives become intertwined during a turbulent and violent political time in Afghanistan.
It was completely un-put-downable.
Go read it.