On a moonlit beach a father cradles his sleeping son as they wait for dawn to break and a boat to arrive. He speaks to his boy of the long summers of his childhood, recalling his grandfather’s house in Syria, the stirring of olive trees in the breeze, the bleating of his grandmother’s goat, the clanking of her cooking pots. And he remembers, too, the bustling city of Homs with its crowded lanes, its mosque and grand souk, in the days before the sky spat bombs and they had to flee.
When the sun rises they and those around them will gather their possessions and embark on a perilous sea journey in search of a new home.
Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan-born American novelist and physician. After graduating from college, he worked as a doctor in California, a predicament that he likened to “an arranged marriage.” He has published three novels, most notably his 2003 debut The Kite Runner, all of which is at least partially set in Afghanistan and features an Afghan as the protagonist. Following the success of The Kite Runner he retired from medicine to write full-time.