A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Viking Canada
Pub Date: May 22, 2007
I was slowly stunned at the overwhelming tragedy two women, like their beloved Kabul, Afghanistan, had to suffer, sacrifice, and endure at the hand of intimate patriarchal violence from their own husband(s) and/or cultural heritage to the Soviet invasion and the presence of the Taliban.
Their inner lives are a testament to the private wars they must face, from being privately masked in their burqas that they are coerced to wear, to the basic human rights they are so defiantly denied.
But it is also a testament to their own form of empowerment as women, their generous ability for compassion, their fierce and tenacious strength to love, and their own power in self-sacrifice and self-preservation.
These are resilient characters, which, in the very act of fear must summon fearlessness to proclaim and help rebuild not only a new Afghanistan, but themselves.
A tender and heart-wrenching novel from one of my favourite authors.