Thursday, June 6, 2013

And the Mountains Echoed

Generations. Khaled Hosseini’s novel, And the Mountains Echoed, contains just about everything I like in a novel. There’s a big cast of recognizable, complex characters, who experience the broad range of life: love, heartbreak, hope, loss, success, failure, caring and hurting. Across decades and generations, Hosseini uses multiple narrators in alternating time periods to weave a family story. These characters make choices that we all recognize: we don’t control what will happen, but we try to take the next step that we think is the best thing to do. The prose is well-crafted, and I finished the novel with a great satisfaction that Hosseini presented our human condition with empathy, wisdom and skill. Any reader who enjoys the messiness of family stories and the consequences of life’s choices, will find much to enjoy in this finely written novel. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase And the Mountains Echoed from

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