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A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS by Khaled Hosseini

Michelle has selected the book for May and will lead the discussion at our gathering.

Book Description:
Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.

A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.

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  • Michelle

    Thank you everyone for a invigorating discussion! I thoroughly enjoyed yall's company!

    May 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for your warm welcome! It was lots of fun! I won't get to come back until August, but it's already on my calendar. :)

    1 · May 21, 2014

  • Mary Frances W.

    Good book for discussion, grim but interesting.

    1 · May 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry I didn't change my rsvp but my not coming was all last minute. I was really looking forward to this discussion too. I read the book probably 4-5 years ago and it was so intense and I loved the book. With the Boko Haram horrifying acts and the 50th anniversary last week of Brown v Board of Education (US Supreme Ct Case declaring separate education for the races is unconstitutional.) There was so much to discuss. I'm sorry I missed, but I just couldn't hang. :( I know everyone had a good time and from the 'reviews' Michelle did a great job. I Will see you all next month.

    1 · May 21, 2014

  • Martha C.

    Sorry to miss tonight's meeting but am feeling a little under the weather. Read this book some time ago but still remember it. Great read.. Have a good time tonight

    May 20, 2014

  • Mary Frances W.

    Want to suggest to this wonderful group a fabulous WWII nonfiction book, "Ghost Soldiers". I loved it and my husband also loved it. It is about the saving of soldiers who survived the Bataan March by a volunteer group of Americans aided by locals and explains some of the reasons why the Japanese acted as they did. You will smile especially warmly at your Philippine friends.

    1 · April 28, 2014

    • Michelle

      Hampton Sides?

      May 15, 2014

    • Mary Frances W.

      Ha Ha, I saw your comment and was thinking of food! Wondering what Hampton side dishes where! Yes, that is the author. Also a bit hard to read, but very heroic and inspiring.

      May 15, 2014

  • Jennifer V.

    This book broke my heart! I can't wait for this discussion!

    1 · May 14, 2014

    • Michelle

      I must confess that I am struggling.. STRUGGLING through this book!!!!! Is there such a thing as vicarious depression because I may be exhibiting it!! It is a great book, but heart breakening (if that is even a word) is a good description.

      May 14, 2014

    • Mary Frances W.

      Even the uplifting ending is sad in light of current developments in Afghanistan. Very timely with the crazy Nigerian situation. Fear of education should be a clue to the basic flaw in a philosophy!

      1 · May 14, 2014

  • Martha C.

    Loved this book Have not read his latest( "And the Mountains Echoed") but his first"The Kite Runner" was an all time favorite. Great selection

    February 18, 2014

    • Michelle

      And the Mountains Echoed is good. It is the only one I've thus far read. Critics have said that he writes his novels using the same "template". I am interested to see if that is the case. This does not bother me too much though as I like his style of writing.

      February 19, 2014

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