Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. His father was a diplomat with the Afghan Foreign Ministry and his mother taught Farsi and History at a large high school in Kabul. In 1976, the Afghan Foreign Ministry relocated the Hosseini family to Paris. They were ready to return to Kabul in 1980, but by then Afghanistan had already witnessed a bloody communist coup and the invasion of the Soviet army. The Hosseinis sought and were granted political asylum in the United States. In September of 1980, Hosseini's family moved to San Jose, California. Hosseini graduated from high school in 1984 and enrolled at Santa Clara University where he earned a bachelor's degree in Biology in 1988. The following year, he entered the University of California-San Diego's School of Medicine, where he earned a Medical Degree in 1993. He completed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Hosseini was a practicing internist between 1996 and 2004.
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Hosseini’s follow-up to the Kite Runner is A Thousand Splendid Suns. It is easy to describe it as the female version of Kite Runner. To do so is unfair, since to stands alone and on its own merit. The two women, Miriam and Lalia, are of two different generations thrown together by cruel fate and crushing tragedy. Being the first and second wives of a shoemaker, they forge a friendship that withers the storm of their marriage. Set against the backdrop of war torn Afghanistan, this story highlights the war that rages within us and the little victories that make life worth living.
After reading the last page, I had this sudden urge to scoop up my daughter and hug her. I felt so blessed to live when and where I do. We often take for granted how easy our lives are compared to other women (and men) around the globe.