Pick of the Week: And the Mountains Echoed

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When I read The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, I was immediately drawn into the story. Likewise, Hosseini's third book, And the Mountains Echoed, mesmerized me from page one.

Hosseini is a master storyteller who delves into the topics of love, heartbreak, guilt and friendship exquisitely. Told from multiple points of view over 50 years, his characters are faced with difficult choices that end up rippling through other people's lives.  Hosseini, who was born in Kabul and moved to the United States in 1980, takes the reader to Afghanistan, France, Paris, Greece and California.

The thread that ties all the characters together is a brother, Abdullah, and his little sister, Pari, who are inseparable when they are young. But when their father faces makes a decision that he thinks will give 4-year-old Pari a better life, the brother and sister are pulled apart. Abdullah never stops thinking and wondering what happened to his sister.  Pari, not remembering her original family, always feels like something is missing from her life.

“And the Mountains Echoed’’ will tug at your heartstrings, but isn’t as wrenching as the first two books, especially my favorite of the three, “A Thousand Splendid Suns.’’  I highly recommend this book, and it will be one of my favorites of 2013.

-- Reviewed by Jo, jhansen@cooklib.org


Jo Hansen has been a Readers’ Advisor at Cook Library for several years, after a 20-year career as a newspaper journalist. Libraries rock! She especially enjoys literary and historical fiction as well as mysteries and fantasy. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she enjoys playing with her chocolate Labrador Yogi Bear and watching great movies.