Sunday, June 23, 2013

"And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Barnes & Noble and saw "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini in the Best Sellers section.  I've read two of his other books, "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns."  I loved those books, so I knew I had to pick up this book.

Synopsis from Barnes & Noble's website:

Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

This was a great book that I would recommend everyone picking up.  The beginning of the book is about an event that happens that shapes the entire rest of the book and all the characters in it.  Each chapter is told by a different character and you can see how the event in the beginning shaped their lives.  It's interesting to see which characters Hosseini chooses to write about also.  You start off each chapter wondering who is going to be telling you about his/her experiences next.