Mariam was just fifteen when she was ousted from all that she knew. Her new life in Kabul with her husband Rasheed was a long way from the kolba and her memories of Nana and Mullah Faizullah. Though, it is this city that she shares with young Laila. Both victims in their own right and born a generation apart, Mariam and Laila are connected by the onslaught of war, loss and chance. The two are valued only for reproduction – in their home as well as in society. Finding solace only in their sisterly connection, the two women form an extraordinary bond that shields them from their victimisation.
Propelled by the tale of two women and two cities. It is a story that does not evade the unbearable realities of war and the complexities of Afghan society. From the Soviet occupation to the unravelling inner conflicts of the Mujahideen and the rise of the Taliban, this energetic narrative depicts Afghanistan’s political history through the gripping domestic worlds of Mariam and Laila. For its unlikely friendship, compelling test of time and unwavering love, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a masterful story.