If you are having difficulty navigating this website please contact us at member.services@bookofthemonth.com or 1-877-236-8540.

Get your first hardcover or audiobook for just $5.

Join now.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Literary fiction

The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

Quick take

Friendship, brotherhood, loss, and loyalty in 1970s Afghanistan. Be prepared for an emotional, heartbreaking read.

Good to know

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Sad


  • Illustrated icon, Icon_International


  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Literary


  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Acclaim

    Critically acclaimed


Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir's choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

Read less

Member ratings (5,436)

  • Emily T.

    Gentry, AR

    Heartwrenching. As an American from birth, it’s not often at all I give thought to the evils plaguing third world countries. I praise God for how blessed we are and pray for those who are suffering.

  • Brooke-lin H.

    Davison, MI

    Khaled Hosseini has never disappointed me. I think this book touches on so many social issues that are as crucial today as they were 30 years ago and will probably still be important 30 years from now

  • Tambudzai N.

    Omaha, NE

    A true masterpiece. I don’t why it took me so long to buy this book. I had a hard time putting it down. It’s interesting but sad that the issues touched on in this book are still relevant today.

  • Michaela H.

    Boyds , MD

    This is one of my all time favorite books. The pacing, the characters, the reveals, everything about it is perfect in my mind. I’ve read it countless times and I’m so excited to have this edition.

  • Jacob T.

    Madison, WI

    "The Kite Runner" was the book that first rekindled my love of reading almost ten years ago, and I absolutely loved the chance to revisit Khaled Hosseini's stunning masterpiece with Book Of The Month.