Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed.
Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter.
When the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear.
Yet love can move a person to act in unexpected ways, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with a startling heroism.
The sense of longing evoked in Khaled Hosseini's Alf shams sati'a is compelling and universal: the passionate search for love, family, home, acceptance, a healthy society, and a promising future, regardless of the obstacles.
Like The Kite Runner, this novel transcends boundaries and illuminates the people and culture of a region that has been reluctantly thrust into the international spotlight.
Above all, however, Alf shams sati'a is a stunning literary accomplishment.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 544 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing
- Publication Date: 14/03/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9789992194065