And The Mountains Echoed

by Khaled Hosseini

Riverhead Hardcover
(May 21, 2013)
Hardcover, 416 pages

SETTING: Kabul, Paris, San Francisco, Tinos

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. [Source:]

Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. His father was a diplomat in the Afghan Foreign Ministry and his mother taught Farsi and history at a high school in Kabul. In 1976, the Foreign Ministry relocated the Hosseini family to Paris. They were ready to return to Kabul in 1980, but by then their homeland had witnessed a bloody communist coup and the invasion of the Soviet Army. The Hosseinis sought and were granted political asylum in the United States, and in September 1980 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, School of Medicine, where he earned a medical degree in 1993. He completed his residency at Cedars-Sinai medical center in Los Angeles and was a practicing internist between 1996 and 2004.

In March 2001, while practicing medicine, Hosseini began writing his first novel, The Kite Runner. Published by Riverhead Books in 2003, that debut went on to become an international bestseller and beloved classic, sold in at least seventy countries and spending more than a hundred weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. In May 2007, his second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, remaining in that spot for fifteen weeks and nearly an entire year on the bestseller list. Together, the two books have sold more than 10 million copies in the United States and more than 38 million copies worldwide. The Kite Runner was adapted into a graphic novel of the same name in 2011. Hosseini’s much-awaited third novel, And the Mountains Echoed, will be published on May 21, 2013.

In 2006, Hosseini was named a Goodwill Envoy to UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency. Inspired by a trip he made to Afghanistan with the UNHCR, he later established The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. He lives in Northern California. [Source:]

One thought on “And The Mountains Echoed

  1. The best book about a writer is pralobby Fante’s Ask The Dust (tied with Hamsun’s Hunger, I guess), followed by whatever you please by Bukowski.Anyway, I’m not entirely sure I trust your measured opinion, Beth. After all, this book is a NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! Furthermore, RON FRANSCELL, AUTHOR OF ANGEL FIRE and Amazon TOP 1000 REVIEWER gives it five stars and tells us that “YOUR HEART WILL SOAR” while reading The Kite Runner. P. ROBICHAUD, Amazon TOP 500 REVIEWER gives it another five stars and tells us that it is a marvelous book “THAT OPENS UP OUR HEARTS AND MINDS”. If you can’t trust people who spend all their days reviewing unreadable books on Amazon, then who CAN you trust?I jest, of course. Hosseini sounds like a right wally. Finally, another book I can safely walk past next time I go shopping. The pile diminishes!

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