A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

The second novel from the Afghan author is not as strong as the first, which might be due to the character focus. The story deals with two women, Mariam, who is raised ignorant and illegitimate, and Laila, who had all the potential to be an influential and developed westerner, trapped in a marriage to a sadistic monster. I felt the book relied too heavily on the brutality inflicted on Afghan women at the expense of a more developed plot.