Nominated by:

The Capital Library of China, Beijing

The National Library of Estonia, Tallin

Stadtbücherei Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Veria Central Public Library, Greece

Katona József Library of Bács-Kiskun County, Kecskemét, Hungary

Margarita Rudomino All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature

Liverpool City Libraries, UK

Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs, USA

San Jose Public Library, USA

Publisher of nominated edition:

Bloomsbury Publishing, UK

Riverhead Books, USA

And the Mountains Echoed

Khaled Hosseini      

2015 Longlist

From the no. 1 bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. A Richard & Judy Summer Book Club pick.

Ten-year-old Abdullah would do anything for his younger sister. In a life of poverty and struggle, with no mother to care for them, Pari is the only person who brings Abdullah happiness. For her, he will trade his only pair of shoes to give her a feather for her treasured collection. When their father sets off with Pari across the desert to Kabul in search of work, Abdullah is determined not to be separated from her. Neither brother nor sister know what this fateful journey will bring them.

And the Mountains Echoed is a deeply moving epic of heartache, hope and, above all, the unbreakable bonds of love.

(From Publisher)

About the Author

Khaled Hosseini is one of the most widely read and beloved novelists in the world, with over thirty eight million copies of his books sold in more than seventy countries. The Kite Runner was a major film and was a Book of the Decade, chosen by The Times, Daily Telegraph and Guardian. A Thousand Splendid Suns was the Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year in 2008. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. He was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and lives in northern California.

Librarians’ Comments

And the Mountains Echoed won the Goodreads Choice for Fiction 2013 and was the Paris Review Best of the Best for 2013. The story emphasizes the strength and eternal love of family.

A master storyteller, Hosseini’s third novel is set mainly in Afghanistan but spans many generations and locations and will leave a deep impression on its readers.

An enchanting novel which brings us closer to Afghanistan history, culture, and people, their way of life and their destiny.

A powerful and emotional novel about love and the choices we make. It leaves you with a sense of warmth and understanding for its characters.

Keeping the Afghan historical events in the background and in form of intertwined painful stories – the destiny of a brother and sister disunited in their childhood – this novel poetically tells about human values as love, betrayal, sacrifice and how our decisions can shape our lives and have effect through generations, countries and continents.

The novel is a powerful ‘inner epic’ covering 60 years of Afghan history as it imprints itself on the lives of the protagonists and other characters whom the author presents as deep and vivid personalities. Hosseini displays the striking gift of organically merging two worlds, that of myth and fable and that of physical realities, in order to reveal all possible shades and hues of human memories and their persistent resistance to the flow of time and man’s choice and decision.

Master storyteller Khaled Hosseini has woven an unforgettable tale, turning ordinary people into extraordinary characters whose lives intersect globally.

An endearing novel of family ties, of choices leading to separation, loss and reuniting, spanning countries and generations set against a background of Afghanistan’s troubled history.

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