Unsurprisingly, Khaled Hosseini has delivered another wonderful novel with And The Mountains Echoed.
I’ve read his two previous novels, which are two of my favorites, so I was ready for another emotional ride.
And The Mountains Echoed follows several characters whose lives are intertwined, whether it’s by family, friends, or just circumstance. Some of these characters are well aware of those connections, while others discover them as their lives progress. Each character is left forever changed by someone else, whether that’s in a positive or negative way.
“I suspect the truth is that we are waiting, all of us, against insurmountable odds, for something extraordinary to happen to us.”
– Khaled Hosseini, And The Mountains Echoed
Each character’s story is so beautifully written and engaging; I definitely had a hard time putting this novel down once I got started. There were some shocking moments–heartbreaking events that were tough to read, but made me appreciate the book even more.
After all, life outside our fictional worlds can pretty difficult sometimes too, can’t it?
My favorite part about this novel was the message that it maintained right up until the last page. Human life and human experience, as tumultuous as it all can be, always comes right down to one thing–the connection we all have to one another, and how enduring and uplifting it can be in the darkest times.