Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Staff Pick: "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini

Cover image for And the mountains echoed And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (2013)

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An emotional, provocative, and unforgettable novel about how we love, how we take are of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generation.

Broad in scope and setting, wise and compassionate in its storytelling. And the Mountains Echoed is a profoundly moving, captivating novel that demonstrates Kahled Hossenini’s deeply felt understanding of the bonds that define us and shape our lives—and of what it means to be human.

It begins with the heartbreaking, unparalleled bond between two motherless siblings in an Afghan village. To three-year-old Pari, big brother, Abdullah is more mother than brother. To ten-year old Abdullah, little Pari is his everything. What happens to them—and the large and small manners in which it echoes through he lives of so many other people—is proof of the moral complexity of life. In a multigenerational novel revolving around not just parents and children but also brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which family members love, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those close to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page. – from jacket cover.

Propelled by the same remarkable instincts and philosophical insight that made The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns so remarkable, And the Mountains Echoed shows once again that Khaled Hosseini is a born storyteller. – from jacket cover.

Praise for And the Mountains Echoed and Khaled Hosseini:
  • “Captivating and affecting . . . A masterful and compassionate storyteller, Hosseini traces the traumas and scarring of tyranny, war, crime, lies, and illness in the intricately interconnected, heartbreaking, and transcendent lives of his vibrantly realized characters to create a grand and encompassing tree of life.”—Booklist (starred review)

  • “Hosseini weaves a gorgeous tapestry of disparate characters joined by threads of blood and fate. . . . In this uplifting and deeply satisfying book, Hosseini displays an optimism not so obvious in his previous works. Readers will be clamoring for it.”—Library Journal (starred review)
Also by Khaled Hosseini:
  • The Kite Runner (2003) Available format: Standard print book, Audio book on CD, and eBook. (This title is also available as a Graphic Novel & eBook Graphic Novel.)
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007) Available format: Standard print book, Audio book on CD, eBook and eAudio.
And be sure to watch:
  • The Kite Runner DVD (2008) Directed by Marc Forster; and starring: Khalid Abdalla, Homayoun Ershadi, Shaun Toub, Atossa Leoni, Saïd Taghmaoui, Zekeria Ebrahimi, Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada.

Post written by C. Ford, staff member in the Collection Services Division of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library System.

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