It is a story, of hope and friendship despite hardship, that spins the intriguing and moving tale of two remarkable women in the midst of the tumultuous years of a war-ridden Afghanistan. It is mainly about the tribulations two very different women- Mariam and Laila- must endure and the deep friendship they forge out of their cruel mutual husband. At the same time they must deal with the death and destruction of the war and Taliban. This is a common theme of the novel- the oppression that they face both at home and in their country. That is all I can share about the story, for I don’t want to spoil anything; if you want to find out what happens to them and their fascinating stories, you’ll have to read the book.
The synopsis might not sound very interesting or appealing to some, especially teenagers (I, at first, was a bit wary of it), who may want a fun action packed or romantic story instead, but this book is definitely worth a read. It leaves a deep impact on you, changes the way you view things, your whole perspective. It is heart breaking, but moving; tragic, but real and hopeful; sad, but it is a bittersweet sort of emotion that will make you truly appreciate the book and its characters.
I can say that this is the only book that has ever made me cry. It is beautifully written, the words leaving great impact, as I grew attached to the characters and felt their emotion. The characters were all complex and interesting; the plot gripping at your attention. There was never a boring part of the book, I felt I could never put it down until I read every single word of it until the end. A Thousand Splendid Suns is a one of a kind type of novel that will make you smile and cry, maybe even at the same time, and thoroughly captivate.
-Rachel L., 10th grade