Book of the Week: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
A Thousand Splendid Suns follows the life of two women, Mariam and Laila, growing up in Afghanistan from the 1960’s to 2003. It gives a female perspective of the devastating effects of civil war, communist rule and life under the Taliban. Mariam is born out of wedlock and is destined to be a second class citizen. Despite her appeals to go to school she is married off to an abusive and violent man forty years her senior. In their Kabul neighbourhood, we follow Laila who is born to a more liberal family and grows up with love and hope of a future. The indiscriminate shelling by the Mujahideen tragically brings the heroines together in a destitute life.
Despite the heavy subject and the unending challenges affecting these women, their endurance and the glimmers of hope make this a fast-paced and riveting read.