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Khaled Hosseini is a UNHCR goodwill ambassador, a former physician, and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction novel, The Kite Runner (2003).

Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, Khaled earned his degree in medicine from University of California, San Diego, in 1993.

He went on to complete his residency at Cedars-Sinai medical center, Los Angeles, before working as a practicing internist from 1996 to 2004.

In 2001, while still working as a doctor, Khaled began writing his best-selling debut novel, The Kite Runner. The book was adapted into a 2007 film by the same name, starring Khalid Abdalla and Zekeria Ebrahimi.

His books have so far sold more than 38 million copies in over 70 countries.

Khaled currently lives in Northern California with his wife, Roya Hosseini, and two children.

More about Khaled Hosseini

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1965

Afghanistan

Website: https://khaledhosseini.com/

Non Series

  • The Kite Runner (2003)
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007)
  • And the Mountains Echoed (2013)

Non-fiction

  1. Critical Insights: The Kite Runner (2020)

Graphic Novels

  1. The Kite Runner: Graphic Novel (2011)

Novellas

  1. Sea Prayer (2018)

Omnibus Books

  1. Kite Runner / Thousand Splendid Suns (2008)
  2. The Kite Runner / A Thousand Splendid Suns / And the Mountains Echoed (2015)
Novellas

Detailed book overview

Non Series

The Kite Runner

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 in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption. And it is also about the power of fathers over sons -- their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

The first Afghan novel to be written in English, The Kite Runner tells a sweeping story of family, love, and friendship against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before, bringing to mind the large canvasses of the Russian writers of the nineteenth century. But just as it is old-fashioned in its narration, it is contemporary in its subject -- the devastating history of Afghanistan over the past thirty years. As emotionally gripping as it is tender, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful debut.

The Kite Runner
Director: Marc Forster
Cast: Khalid Abdalla, Zekeria Ebrahimi, Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada, Homayoun Ershadi
Author: Khaled Hosseini
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-1594631931
Publisher: Riverhead Books
A Thousand Splendid Suns

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate.

As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.

A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.

Author: Khaled Hosseini
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-0739489505
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
And the Mountains Echoed

Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. 

Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

Author: Khaled Hosseini
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-1594632389
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Non-fiction

Critical Insights: The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner combines a moving narrative, memorable characters, powerful depictions of suffering and guilt, an urgent quest for redemption, and the complex relationship of Afghanistan and American culture.

Essays in this volume look afresh at this remarkable work, its critical reception, its style, structure and themes, its mythical, moral, historical and political dimensions, and its continued relevance in the twenty-first-century.

Author: Khaled Hosseini
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1642653779
Publisher: Salem Press

Graphic Novels

The Kite Runner: Graphic Novel

Since its publication in 2003, nearly 7 million readers have discovered The Kite Runner.

Through Khaled Hosseini's brilliant writing, a previously unknown part of the world was brought to vivid life for readers.

Now, in this beautifully illustrated graphic novel adaptation, Hosseini brings his compelling story to a new generation of readers.

Author: Khaled Hosseini
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-1594485473
Publisher: Riverhead Books

Novellas

Sea Prayer

A short, powerful, illustrated book written by beloved novelist Khaled Hosseini in response to the current refugee crisis, Sea Prayer is composed in the form of a letter, from a father to his son, on the eve of their journey. Watching over his sleeping son, the father reflects on the dangerous sea-crossing that lies before them. It is also a vivid portrait of their life in Homs, Syria, before the war, and of that city's swift transformation from a home into a deadly war zone.

Impelled to write this story by the haunting image of young Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed upon the beach in Turkey in September 2015, Hosseini hopes to pay tribute to the millions of families, like Kurdi's, who have been splintered and forced from home by war and persecution, and he will donate author proceeds from this book to the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and The Khaled Hosseini Foundation to help fund lifesaving relief efforts to help refugees around the globe.

Khaled Hosseini is one of the most widely read writers in the world, with more than fifty-five million copies of his novels sold worldwide in more than seventy countries. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the UNHCR, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

Author: Khaled Hosseini
First Release: 2018
Ebook: B07DMYVTHM
Publisher: Riverhead Books

Omnibus Books

Kite Runner / Thousand Splendid Suns

The Kite Runner

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 in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption. And it is also about the power of fathers over sons -- their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

The first Afghan novel to be written in English, The Kite Runner tells a sweeping story of family, love, and friendship against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before, bringing to mind the large canvasses of the Russian writers of the nineteenth century. But just as it is old-fashioned in its narration, it is contemporary in its subject -- the devastating history of Afghanistan over the past thirty years. As emotionally gripping as it is tender, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful debut.

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate.

As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.

A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.

Author: Khaled Hosseini
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-1408818862
Publisher: Penguin Books
The Kite Runner / A Thousand Splendid Suns / And the Mountains Echoed

The Kite Runner

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 in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption. And it is also about the power of fathers over sons -- their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

The first Afghan novel to be written in English, The Kite Runner tells a sweeping story of family, love, and friendship against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before, bringing to mind the large canvasses of the Russian writers of the nineteenth century. But just as it is old-fashioned in its narration, it is contemporary in its subject -- the devastating history of Afghanistan over the past thirty years. As emotionally gripping as it is tender, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful debut.

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate.

As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.

And the Mountains Echoed

In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most.

Author: Khaled Hosseini
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1101981795
Publisher: Riverhead Books