This book came out 10 years ago, so you may have already read it. It was another one that I picked up on a whim because I kept seeing it everywhere and thought I'd give it a chance. Oh MY! A great read!! Not what I typically read, but then, I don't think I have a "typical" genre anymore. My taste in books has definitely broadened over the past few years. I highly recommend this book. It has changed the way I look at Afghanistan.
The Kite Runner of Khaled Hosseini's deeply moving fiction debut is an illiterate Afghan boy with an uncanny instinct for predicting exactly where a downed kite will land. Growing up in the city of Kabul in the early 1970s, Hassan was narrator Amir's closest friend even though the loyal 11-year-old with "a face like a Chinese doll" was the son of Amir's father's servant and a member of Afghanistan's despised Hazara minority. But in 1975, on the day of Kabul's annual kite-fighting tournament, something unspeakable happened between the two boys.