This is the second book by The Kite Runner author, Khaled Hosseini. Where the first book followed a male story line, this one follows the lives of two Afghani women, Marian and Leila, whose lives are initially drastically different until they are brought together in a life that most Americans find hard to understand because it is just so unfamiliar, so different, from our recent history.
While I thought the Kite Runner was a more potent book, a more powerful and moving story, I still loved this book and perhaps learned more about Afghani history from this one. Hosseini frequently included dates in the chapter headings and in the text, and throughout the arc of the book included both personal and national history. In fact, I loved the literary aspect of how the lives of the women related fairly directly to what was going on politically in the country.
Overall, an amazing book.