The Kite Runner of Khaled Hosseini's deeply moving fiction debut is an illiterate Afghan boy with an uncanny instinct for predicting exactly where a downed kite will land.
Growing up in the city of Kabul in the early 1970s, Hassan was narrator Amir's closest friend even though the loyal 11-year-old with "a face like a Chinese doll" was the son of Amir's father's servant and a member of Afghanistan's despised Hazara minority.
But in 1975, on the day of Kabul's annual kite-fighting tournament, something unspeakable happened between the two boys.
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About the Author
Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 4, 1965. He is the bestselling Afghan born American author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. He was declared the most famous Afghan in the world by Time Magazine. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Roya and their two children.