by Khaled Hosseini
Written by the author of The Kite Runner, this novel covers the lives of two women over 30 years. Set primarily in Kabul, Afghanistan, there is peace, then political upheaval, and then civil war. It covers the changing definition of women’s lives and rights, from the progressive 70’s , to the increasingly repressive decades after Sharia law was imposed. This was a re-read for me, and I enjoyed it again just as much, although the descriptions of the kinds of degradation women endured can be intense. In the end, the power of love prevails, but not without many losses along the way.