Story revolves around the life of two woman who are of different generation in Afghanistan.
Mariam was a harami (illegitimate child). From early on her mother have told her that the life as a woman is hard. Her mother warned her about her father but she still sided with her father more than her mother.
Then her mother pass away and her father was forced to marry her off to a man who is older than her by 30 years.
Laila is the beloved child of an educated couple. Theirs were a love match and they brought up their children to be open minded.
When there was a war, Laila's two brothers were drafted. Her mother was heart broken and taken to her bed. Her father in turn pour all his love to Laila. He had wanted Laila to have an education.
Laila have a childhood friend Tariq. They are as close as two peas in a pod. one of Tariq's leg was blown off by a mine when he was a kid. Nevertheless, he was Laila champion.
All went well till a tragedy happen. Mariam and Laila were thrown together. Both their fate were link together.
This is indeed a splendid read. Yes, the story was sad but it was not depressing sort of sadness. It's more of missed opportunity type. Lives wasted.
Mr Khaled Hosseini is very good at bringing u the right emotion and reaction in this book. The story have ring of truth instead of fiction.