A Thousand Splendid Suns Author:Khaled Hosseini Khaled Hosseini's second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, is a story of two women and their lifes in Afghanistan over the past 40 years. Mariam was born an illegal child and was forced to marry Rasheed, an abusive husband at age 15. Rasheed is an ugly, cruel man inside and out. Her husband broke her spirit with his abuse and was forced to wear a... more » burqa against her wishes.
Laila is an attractive girl who lives just up the street. She was born to educated, liberal parents and enjoyed the freedoms Mariam was restricted from. During the wars of the 1980's and 1990's, a rocket destroyed Laila's home with her parents in it. This tragedy an unexpected pregnancy forces Laila to become Rasheed's second wife. After an initial rivalry, Mariam and Laila become best friends. A Thousand Splendid Suns does a wonderful job of giving glimpses and insight into the daily life in Afghanistan through the eyes of two very different women who become the closest allies.« less