2 AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED
By Khaled Hosseini
Published by Bloomsbury
Price 18.99 [pounds sterling] hardback
Khaled Hosseini's latest novel takes us back to Afghanistan in 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Abdullah, Pari--as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named--is everything. More like a parent than a brother, Abdullah will do anything for her, even trading his only pair of shoes for a feather for her treasured collection. Each night they sleep together in their cot, their heads touching, their limbs tangled. One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father...