BLURB: “Ten-year-old Abdullah would do anything for his younger sister. In a life of poverty and struggle, with no mother to care for them, Pari is the only person who brings Abdullah happiness. For her, he will trade his only pair of shoes to give her a feather for her treasured collection. When their father sets off with Pari across the desert to Kabul in search of work, Abdullah is determined not to be separated from her. Neither brother nor sister know what this fateful journey will bring them.”
REVIEW: This is the most recently published of Hosseini’s works and possibly the most layered of them all. The novel comes from many different points of view which, although it can be confusing sometimes, allows for a greater level of detail regarding the occurring events and makes it much easier to understand the inner workings of the minds of all the major characters (of which there are many). Due to the complexity of the plot it is difficult to review the novel without giving too much away. I will say, however, that this novel handles the strength of the sibling bond and controversial topics like suicide and homosexuality with brilliance and sensitivity – I must confess that I was delighted to see homosexuality be discussed in a novel of this kind, and felt that it was done extremely well. I cannot say much more about the book in case I let slip one of the many startling plot twists, but once again I would highly recommend this novel. I can’t wait for Hosseini to start work on his next book.