The eagerly anticipated second novel from the author of the international bestseller, The Kite Runner Poor, uneducated Mariam is terrified and only fifteen years old when she is shipped off to Kabul to marry a troubled man thirty years her senior. Nearly two decades later, pretty fifteen-year-old Laila finds herself in the same situation when her intellectual parents are killed by a stray Mujahideen bomb. Forced to forget the passionate love of her life, a boy sheÃ¢ÂÂs known since childhood, Laila has no choice but to join that same loveless household with shy Mariam and the bitter husband they now share. In time, however, orphaned Laila and childless Mariam form a friendship that makes them both sisters and mother and daughter to one another. When children are born into this household, the situation gets worse and worseÃ¢ÂÂfrom shootings and bombings on the street, to physical abuse and starvation at homeÃ¢ÂÂand the women are put to phenomenal tests of endurance and strength. In scene after suspenseful scene, Hosseini shows us just how a womanÃ¢ÂÂs love for her family can motivate her to overcome the most daunting obstacles, can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice. In the end, we see, it is love Ã¢ÂÂ or even loveÃ¢ÂÂs memoryÃ¢ÂÂthat is often the key to survival. A Thousand Splendid Suns is the heartbreaking story of an unforgiving history, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love; it is a novel that lives on in the mind long after the last page. Praise for A Thousand Splendid Suns Ã¢ÂÂA beautifully crafted and disturbing story of two women victims of the wrath of men. As unforgettable as The Kite Runner, this novel places us in Afghanistan with an open heart.Ã¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂIsabel Allende 'I loved this bookÃ¢ÂÂI couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting. It is incredibly moving and a real insight into the madness and suffering of AfghanistanÃ¢ÂÂin particular its women.' Ã¢ÂÂFiona Bruce 'Hosseini's proves his credentials as a superstar storyteller. This follow up to The Kite Runner will have fans rampaging into book shops desperate for their copy. Yet again he weaves a masterful story around the lives of two extraordinary and compelling characters brought together in adversity. More importantly he manages to lift the veil on the lives of three generations of women buried alive under their burkas and in doing so confirms them as the greatest victims of Afghanistan's decades of strife. No one reading this book can fail to be captivated and appalled by a story that although labelled fiction is to this day and to our eternal shame, all too real.' Ã¢ÂÂMariella Frostrup About the Author Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. His father was a diplomat with the Afghan Foreign Ministry and his mother taught Farsi and History at a large high school in Kabul. In 1976, the Afghan Foreign Ministry relocated the Hosseini family to Paris. They were ready to return to Kabul in 1980, but by then Afghanistan had already witnessed a bloody communist coup and the invasion of the Soviet army. The Hosseinis sought and were granted political asylum in the United States. In September of 1980, Hosseini's family moved to San Jose, California. Hosseini graduated from high school in 1984 and enrolled at Santa Clara University where he earned a bachelor's degree in Biology in 1988. The following year, he entered the University of California-San Diego's School of Medicine, where he earned a Medical Degree in 1993. He completed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Hosseini was a practicing internist between 1996 and 2004. While in medical practice, Hosseini began writing his first novel, The Kite Runner, in March of 2001. In 2003, The Kite Runner, was published and has since become an international bestseller, published in 38 countries. In 2006 he was named a goodwill envoy to UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency. His second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns will be published in May of 2007. He lives in northern California.