Now, I've been encouraged to read A Thousand Splendid Suns by the same author, Khaled Hosseini. I just started it, and I have a good feeling I'll be recommending it, as well. This author's writing style is so easy to follow, and you almost feel like you're able to read Farsi, the native language of Afghanistan, as you're reading...the way he weaves the Farsi into his writing is subtle but poignant in effect.
Let me know what you think if you pick these up! Or if you've already read them!