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And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini published today

And the Mountains EchoedSome authors churn out books nearly at the pace one would read them, but Khaled Hosseini takes his time with his craft.  It has been six years, less a day, since Khaled Hosseini published  A Thousand Splendid Suns; and  it is one week shy of the 10th anniversary of  his debut novel, The Kite Runner, but today the world can finally get its collective hands on the anticipated third novel And the Mountains Echoed

Early reviews are coming in with the consensus that this third novel is just as powerful and emotional as any of Hosseini’s previous work, and that the author has grown even further in his story telling capabilities making the novel well worth the wait.

Like his previous two novels the book is partially set in Afghanistan, however parts of the book also take place in California, Paris, and Greece.  And the Mountains Echoed also differs from his previous novels in style, rather than a continuous narrative this book is constructed as a series of stories each of a different time, place and point of view but woven together to paint the complete picture.

I loved the Kite Runner and if you are interested in learning more about Hosseini’s third book The Washington Post has a nicely written review which included this lovely quote: “Hosseini’s first two novels, “The Kite Runner” (2003) and “A Thousand Splendid Suns” (2007), spent a combined total of 171 weeks on the bestseller list. He knows how to please a crowd. In his case, the secret ingredient might be intense emotion. I’m not an easy touch when it comes to novels, but Hosseini’s new book, “And the Mountains Echoed,” had tears dropping from my eyes by Page 45.”

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