I just read Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns and I really loved it. I read The Kite Runner a few years ago and I thoroughly enjoyed that as well, although it was pretty disturbing.This book was similar; Hosseini uses a brutally honest perspective to show how life in Afghanistan really is. Obviously people understand that it’s a corrupt country, but these books bring a reader into a position where she reads about characters lives and feel like she’s living through the torture and injustice. There were multiple times during the story where I just wanted to yell at someone or complain about what was going on because certain aspects were so unbelievable to me. It really made me appreciate living in a country where I’m not forced to hide my face because it’s improper, or where I can walk around freely without a male relative/husband accompanying me. The fact that women were beaten for disobeying ridiculous laws like that still blows my mind. And watching how the country went from being so advanced with equality to forcing women to wear burqas and taking a role below men again was so frustrating and just made me feel so horrible for those who had to deal with that. Luckily it is better than it was during the 90’s, but still is torn apart by civil war and people with those old fashioned mindsets. Hosseini did a great job of making the problems in Afghanistan conceivable to Americans through a really powerful novel that was hard for me to even put down.