The book I am going to review today is:
A Thousand Splended Suns
This is in the category: A Book With Weather in the Title
This book covers 30 years of time in Afghanistan. The story is mainly about two women named Mariam and Laila and it follows them from childhood to adult hood. The book starts with the Soviet invasion and ends with the overthrow of the Taliban. The women are separated in age by about 14 years, but when Laila becomes a teenager, they are thrown together in a situation that brings them from being enemies to sisters. Along the way there is love, heartache, and death in both of their lives.
It is hard to describe too much about this book without giving away the plot, but I think this might be my favorite book of this year. It is going to be hard to beat, and it is only January. The Kite Runner was magnificent and ended up being my favorite book last year, and this book as equally as good. I had a hard time putting it down wanting to read just one more chapter. There is a love story for Laila that you fight for when the boy she loves is torn away from her. There is heartache for Mariam that you wish she could escape from, but she never can. And you learn a lot about what it was like for Afghani women during this time and are thankful for living where you do.
Run to get this book. It is a must read.