A thousand splendid suns is one of of my favourite books I have read. It is written by Khaled Hosseini, which is also the author of the book, the Kite runner. These two books are the only ones he has written yet, I have read both of them and I think he is a very talented writer, who takes his knowledge of hes background and turns them into closely thought of novels. However, A thousand splendid suns stands out to me greatly because it is very emotional and heart capturing story about a young girl named Mariam who was born illegitimately and lives with her mother. Her Father is a wealthy man who is ashamed of what he acted upon, as he himself is involved with hes own family. Mariam always liked spending time with her Father on the rarely occasions he comes for visits. Her mother later commits suicide. Mariam is soon forced by her own Father to marry a much older man named Rasheed. He treats her with much disrespect, and Mariam is stuck in a lifestyle she very much dislikes. She is being controlled by this man, her own husband and she lives her life being feared.
The book also involves another story of a girl named Laila, whom had been living with her loving family and was going to be educated soon. Her dreams end when a rocket hits her home and kills her family. She is now an orphan, and her own boyfriend, Tariq had already left Afghanistan to become refugees in Pakistan. Soon she realises that she is pregnant with Tariq's son and hears the news that Tariq has past away. Along the line Rasheed asks to marry Laila as hes second wife, and she agrees because she has no other option. Laila and Mariam share a very strong bond and relationship together. It is a story about love between a woman and a child and between a woman to another living as wives of a man in the same household. A book of Hope, Love and Survival.