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I ran.

The End


I am indebted to the following colleagues for their advice, assistance, or support:
Dr. Alfred Lerner, Don Vakis, Robin Heck, Dr. Todd Dray, Dr. Robert Tull, and Dr.
Sandy Chun. Thanks also to Lynette Parker of East San Jose Community Law
Center for her advice about adoption procedures, and to Mr. Daoud Wahab for
sharing his experiences in Afghanistan with me. I am grateful to my dear friend
Tamim Ansary for his guidance and support and to the gang at the San Francisco
Writers Workshop for their feed back and encouragement. I want to thank my
father, my oldest friend and the inspiration for all that is noble in Baba; my
mother who prayed for me and did nazr at every stage of this book's writing; my
aunt for buying me books when I was young. Thanks go out to Ali, Sandy, Daoud,
Walid, Raya, Shalla, Zahra, Rob, and Kader for reading my stories. I want to thank
Dr. and Mrs. Kayoumy--my other parents--for their warmth and unwavering

I must thank my agent and friend, Elaine Koster, for her wisdom, patience,
and gracious ways, as well as Cindy Spiegel, my keen-eyed and judicious editor
who helped me unlock so many doors in this tale. And I would like to thank
Susan Petersen Kennedy for taking a chance on this book and the hardworking
staff at Riverhead for laboring over it.

Last, I don't know how to thank my lovely wife, Roya-to whose opinion I
am addicted-for her kindness and grace, and for reading, re-reading, and
helping me edit every single draft of this novel. For your patience and
understanding, I will always love you, Roya jan.

Additional Items:

* Author Biography

* Several Reviews

* Awards won

* some Author Interviews Info

* some Afghan Recipe URLs

* Foreign Terms used (with definitions)


THE AUTHOR Khaled Hosseini is an internist living in the San Francisco Bay

Born in Kabul in 1965, he left Afghanistan in 1976 when his father, a diplomat
(his mother taught Farsi and history), was posted to Paris. Before the four-year
assignment ended, the Soviets had invaded Afghanistan and the family sought
political asylum in the United States. Hosseini learned English in public school in
San Jose, majored in biology at Santa Clara University, and graduated from the
University of California (San Diego) School of Medicine. He is married (having
asked his father to request the hand of the daughter of a family friend five days-
and one conversation-after meeting her) and is the father of two young children.

He grew up, like Amir his protagonist, reading and writing. Though he has taken
a one-year sabbatical from medicine, he wrote The Kite Runner, his first attempt
at a novel, waking at four every morning for thirteen months to write several
pages before leaving at eight to practice medicine.

He describes the path to publication as seamless. He finished The Kite Runner in
June, hired an agent-who sold the novel within a few weeks, met with an editor,
who asked him to rework the last third, and submitted the final manuscript
before Christmas.

The Kite Runner the film (DreamWorks), in production in northwest China, San
Francisco, and Pakistan, is scheduled to be released in 2007. Marc Forster
(Finding Neverland, Monster's Ball) directs.

Khaled Hosseini's second novel, whose major characters are women, is due out
in May 2007. A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of
thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship,
faith, and the salvation to be found in love. Mariam and Laila are two women
brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. Hosseini shows how a
woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-
sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often
the key to survival. A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a
haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely
friendship, and an indestructible love.

Bookreporter Review


Khaled Hosseini

Riverhead Books


ISBN: 1594480001

THE KITE RUNNER, Khaled Hosseini's debut novel, focuses on the relationship
between two Afghan boys � Amir, the novel's narrator and the son of a
prosperous Kabul businessman, and Hassan, the son of Ali, a servant in the
household of Amir's father. Amir is a Pashtun and Sunni Muslim, while Hassan is
a Hazara and a Shi'a. Despite their ethnic and religious differences, Amir and
Hassan grow to be friends, although Amir is troubled by Hassan's subservience,
and his relationship with his companion, one year his junior, is ambivalent and

The other source of tension in Amir's life is his relationship with Baba, his hard-
driving and demanding father. Desperate to win his father's affection and
respect, Amir turns to the sport of kite flying, and at the age of 12, with the
assistance of Hassan, he wins the annual tournament in Kabul. But Amir's victory
soon is tarnished when he witnesses a vicious assault against his friend, who has
raced through the streets of Kabul to retrieve the last kite Amir had sliced from
the sky, and fails to come to his aid. Amir's cowardice is compounded by a later
act of betrayal that causes Ah and Hassan to leave their home, and he now faces
the nightmare prospect of bearing the burden of his ill-fated choices for the rest
of his life.

In 1981, following the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, Amir and Baba flee the
country for California, where Amir attends college, marries and becomes a

successful novelist. Amir's world is shaken in 2001 when he receives a call from
his father's best friend, informing him that "There is a way to be good again."
That call launches him on a harrowing journey to rescue Hassan's son Sohrab,
orphaned by the brutal Taliban, and at the same time redeem himself from the
torment of his youthful mistakes.

Hosseini, a native of Afghanistan who left the country at the age of 11 and settled
in the United States in 1980, does a marvelous job of introducing readers to the
people and culture of his homeland. He makes no attempt to romanticize the
often harsh reality of life there throughout the last 30 years, though he's adept at
capturing mundane and yet expressive details � the beauty of a winter morning
in Kabul, the sights and smells of the marketplace and the thrill of the kite flying
tournament � that demonstrate his deep affection for his native land.

In the end, what gives THE KITE RUNNER the power that has endeared the novel
to millions of readers is the way that it wrestles with themes that have resonated
in classical literature since the time of Greek drama � friendship, betrayal, the
relationship between fathers and sons, the quest for redemption and the power
of forgiveness. For a first-time novelist, Hosseini demonstrates striking skill at
melding a page-turning story with intensely involving characters and conflicts.
Those features of this absorbing novel give it a timelessness that transcends the
specifics of the tale.

The fact that THE KITE RUNNER has spent more than 120 weeks on the New
York Times paperback bestseller list and has sold more than four million copies
in the United States is hardly an accident. Khaled Hosseini's novel offers a potent
combination of a setting in an exotic land that has taken on increasing
importance to Americans in the last several years with a compelling human
drama. If he can continue, as he has again in A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS, to
join those elements in his future work, his readers are likely to remain loyal for
many works to come.

� Reviewed by Harvey Freedenberg (

Editorial Reviews -

In his debut novel, The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini accomplishes what
very few contemporary novelists are able to do. He manages to provide an
educational and eye-opening account of a country's political turmoil-in this case,
Afghanistan-while also developing characters whose heartbreaking struggles
and emotional triumphs resonate with readers long after the last page has been
turned over. And he does this on his first try.

The Kite Runner follows the story of Amir, the privileged son of a wealthy
businessman in Kabul, and Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant.
As children
in the relatively stable Afghanistan of the early 1970s, the boys are inseparable.
They spend idyllic days running kites and telling stories of mystical places and
powerful warriors until an unspeakable event changes the nature of their
relationship forever, and eventually cements their bond in ways neither boy
could have ever predicted.

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