Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. The Hosseinis sought political asylum in the United States and moved to San Jose, California in 1980. Hosseini graduated from University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, where he earned a medical degree in 1993.
In March 2001, while practicing medicine, Hosseini began writing his first novel, The Kite Runner which was published in 2003. Since then we’ve loved, laughed and cried through his contemporary literature.
Here are a few of our favorites:
‘For you a thousand times over’ – The Kite Runner
‘Gone. Vanished. Nothing left. Nothing said.’ – And The Mountains Echoed
‘Human behavior is messy and unpredictable and unconcerned with convenient symmetries.’ – And The Mountains Echoed
‘That’s how children deal with terror, they fall asleep.’ – The Kite Runner
‘It’s wrong to hurt even bad people. Because they don’t know any better, and because bad people sometimes become good.’ – The Kite Runner
‘The past held only this wisdom: that love was a damaging mistake, and its accomplice, hope, a treacherous illusion’ – A Thousand Splendid Suns
‘I’m sorry,” Laila says, marveling at how every Afghan story is marked by death and loss and unimaginable grief. And yet, she sees, people find a way to survive, to go on.’ – A Thousand Splendid Suns
‘Attention shifted to him like sunflowers turning to the sun.’ – The Kite Runner
‘For courage, there must be something at stake. I come here with nothing to lose’ – And The Mountains Echoed
‘They tell me I must wade into waters, where I will soon drown. Before I march in, I leave this on the shore for you. I pray you find it, sister, so you will know what was in my heart as I went under.’ – And The Mountains Echoed
Yet love can move people to act in unexpected ways and move them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with startling heroism’ – A Thousand Splendid Suns
‘All good things in life are fragile and easily lost’ – And The Mountains Echoed
Image: Khaled Hosseini Chicago ALA