You may already know that I love reading books. Ever since I was an 8 year old kid, I would go to the library every week (on Mondays after ballet class, in fact) and the employees of my small town bookstore knew my voice when I called to order something. Even now, I can't get enough of reading as much fiction and non-fiction as I can get my hands on.
Last night I finished Khaled Hosseini's second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns http://www.powells.com/biblio/1-9781594489501-5. This book is similar to his first, The Kite Runner, as it focuses on the day-to-day reality of Afghans who are surviving the realities of war. What's different about this one is that the main characters are women who are also surviving rape, domestic violence, and watching their children grow up in an environment where girls and women are not allowed outside the home without a male family member to accompany them.
To say the themes of this novel are overwhelming is an understatement. After closing the book, it felt so strange to wonder through my very comfortable home knowing that I don't have a clue what it is like to live in a country like Afghanistan. I do know what it's like to live in the world as a woman, however, and I know that some struggles and oppressions are the same in any language.