A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS By Khaled Hosseini

Beautiful story by Khaled Hosseini. Life of two women Mariam and Laila. Mariam an illegitimate child is forced into marriage with a man 30 years her senior. Laila is an intelligent girl, full of dreams but the changing times in Afghanistan puts her on a different threshold. Mariam and Laila’s life intertwine when fate brings them together. Their hardships faced together and protectiveness towards each other and standing for each other in the Taliban ridden Afghanistan.
There is a mention of an orphanage where women leave their children because they cannot provide food for their children because the Taliban will not allow women to work and widows have no option but to leave their children in this orphanage. I remember reading about one such article in Reader’s Digest. (less)