Author: Khaled Hosseini
Review: A heart wrenching story about the plight, and never-ending suffering, sorrow, misery & painful life endured by women in Afghanistan !!!
Plot: Mariam, a girl born out of wedlock is treated as a ‘harami’ by her own mother, who she succumbs to suicide. After her mother’s death, Mariam seeks shelter at her father’s house. But her father lets her down, by getting her married to a man twice her age, at a tender age of 14 years, in order to save himself from shame and embarrassment. Her painful journey continues with her marriage. Later in her life, she meets another girl named Laila, who has lost her family to bombings in Afghanistan. Mariam sees Laila as her companion, friend in need and confidant, due to the fact that have their sorrow and painful lives running in parallel.