The Kite Runner

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The Kite Runner
400 pages; Riverhead Books

Because Khaled Hosseini took us deep into Afghanistan and brought us back forever changed.

A successful Afghan-American novelist named Amir returns to his homeland to right a wrong he committed in childhood by betraying a friend. That friend and his wife have been murdered by the Taliban, and Amir sets himself the task of saving their son. Hosseini weaves together a complex family story while at the same time painting an indelible picture of the war-torn country.
— Dawn Raffel