Everyone in awhile I read a book that is important, A Thousand Splendid Suns is one of them. Although fiction, it's depictions of life in Afghanistan during the last sixty years or so historically accurate.
We follow the lives of two women, Mariam and Laila who are brought together by tragic circumstances and once they meet their lives will never be the same.
This story is both tragic and beautiful. It makes me appreciate the life and freedom I have here in the U.S., as well as helps me understand what happens when greed and power meet and the collateral damage that follows.
If you read only one more book this year, this should be the book.