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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Literary fiction

The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

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

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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 ...

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