I laughed. I cried. I learned. And I was amazed - yet again - to discover how similar people are throughout the world; and to recognize just how incredibly fortunate I was to be born American and middle class. This book is about a boy, Amir, who finally becomes a "man" when he's 38. Amir grows up in pre-Russian invasion, pre-Taliban Afghanistan, escapes to San Francisco with his larger-than-life father just after the Russians invade when he's 18, and later returns to Afghanistan, his past and his sins, and to find a "way to be good again." It's about a person, a family, a community, a nation and shows how much we, as individuals, can affect.