Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and is the eldest of five children. His father was in the diplomatic corps and the family lived briefly in Paris. When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, the family received political asylum in the United States and settled in California. Hosseini was educated at Santa Clara University and UC San Diego School of Medicine. He currently practices medicine in California. Hosseini began his literary career by writing stories in his spare time. He expanded one of his unpublished stories into The Kite Runner, which is his first novel. The book was a critical success and is selling extremely well in paperback. Future writings by Hosseini are eagerly awaited.
“The Kite Runner has been a classic word-of-mouth success story. Much of that has been generated by booksellers, libraries, and private book clubs, and I am deeply grateful to all of them. But I also want to acknowledge and thank community read projects such as One Book Two Villages, for bringing The Kite Runner to an entire community, and making Afghanistan and Afghan culture a topic of discussion. Community read projects are unifying experiences and I have been unfailingly overwhelmed by the warm reception of this book by various communities throughout the country." - Khaled Hosseini
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