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  • Khaled Hosseini on "And the Mountains Echoed"

    Khaled Hosseini on "And the Mountains Echoed"
    Khaled Hosseini stormed the best-seller lists with his debut novel, “The Kite Runner,” in 2003, following it up with the even more popular “A Thousand Splendid Suns” in 2007. Both set in the author's native country of Afghanistan, the novels have sold more than 38 million copies internationally, including 10 million in the United States alone — a remarkable feat for a writer who began to pursue literature full time only after working for a decade as a physician. Now Hosseini, who with his family successfully sought asylum in the U.S. in 1980 following political upheaval in their homeland, is back with his beautiful, often harrowing third novel, “And the Mountains Echoed,” also set in Afghanistan (as well as several other locations around the world).
  • Authors reflect on the best books they've given or received

    Authors reflect on the best books they've given or received
    Wrapping paper is superfluous when it comes to books. Traditional books — physical books you can hold in your hands — are ideal packages already. The gift lies between covers: the meaning and feeling conveyed both by the book itself and by the...

    'Object Lessons' edited by Lorin Stein and Sadie Stein

    'Object Lessons' edited by Lorin Stein and Sadie Stein
    "A short story must be, by definition, short. That's the trouble with short stories. That's why they're so difficult to write. How do you keep a narrative brief and still have it function as a story?" That's what Jeffrey Eugenides writes in his...