Author: Khaled Hosseini
Started: April 12, 2023
Finished: April 15, 2023
Genre: Historical Fiction
Mariam, the product of an affair, has always been treated as less than others. After her mother's death, she married a man many years her senior. After several miscarriages, she is treated as no more than a slave. After a rocket attack, Mariam and her husband care for an injured young girl name Laila. It becomes apparent that her husband means to wed this girl. Mariam and Laila slowly become friends. Together they do what is needed to be free of their abusive household.
This was such a worthwhile read. Khaled Hosseini puts his characters through so much but they show strength as their stories move forward. Hosseini always draws vivid pictures of life in Afghanistan and the trying times that the Afghani people have survived. I have read many books with strong female characters but Mariam has a strength I have never seen. Despite having never truly felt loved several times, she proved her ability to love when her unselfish choices saved others. I've read 2 out of 3 Khaled Hosseini novels and I cannot wait to read his next.