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- Full Title: A Thousand Splendid Suns
- When Written: 2004-2007
- Where Written: California
- When Published: 2007
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Novel
- Setting: Herat and Kabul, Afghanistan
- Climax: As Rasheed is preparing to choke Laila to death, Mariam kills him with a shovel—thus ensuring both her own death, but also a hopeful future for Laila and her family.
- Antagonist: Rasheed, Laila, and Mariam’s husband; the Taliban
- Point of View: The story is told in the third person, alternating between Laila’s and Mariam’s point of view—the section and chapter divisions specify which one. The narrator never deviates from the perspective of each woman, but at times provides foreshadowing hints to the reader concerning what awaits the characters.
Poetry Slam Hosseini’s favorite book of all time is the collected “Poets of Hafez,” a revered Persian poet, which he originally read as a schoolboy in Kabul.
Culture Shock When Hosseini arrived in California as a fifteen-year-old, he only spoke a few words of English. Now, though, he finds English the most natural language in which to write.