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A Thousand Splendid Suns - anything similar I'd like?

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Hearts Wed 20-May-09 20:55:16

I really enjoyed this and I wondered if anyone could suggest other books that I might also enjoy? Thank you!

MollieO Wed 20-May-09 21:01:45

Sewing Circles of Herat - Christina Lamb
The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid

Assume you have read The Kite Runner.

duckyfuzz Wed 20-May-09 21:07:45

isabel allende novels have a similar feel to them

twinmam Wed 20-May-09 21:18:32

How weird duckfuzz - just recommended Isabel Allende on another thread asking same question!

twinmam Wed 20-May-09 21:19:11

Sorry - duckyfuzz blush

letswiggle Wed 20-May-09 21:19:42

The Bookseller of Kabul

duckyfuzz Wed 20-May-09 21:23:52

omg twinmam I've just looked at your profile and we have alot more in common than our taste in literature shock

twinmam Wed 20-May-09 21:28:43

OMG - where do you live?! You are me in 3 1/2 years time! What is it like? How did you survive?!!

twinmam Wed 20-May-09 21:29:49

Sorry - northeast/ twin-related hijack blush

duckyfuzz Wed 20-May-09 21:32:37

same profession too, spooky isn't it? I live in Sedgefield, work in Mbro. Twins get much easier, I wouldn't swap them for 2 singletons (not now anyway!)

<<apologies to hearts for weirdo northeastern twin club thing>>

twinmam Wed 20-May-09 21:46:38

I'm in Hartlepool! Managed to miss the fact that you're a teacher too. VERY weird!! Thanks for hopeful vision of future smile

<< also apologises to hearts and tries desperately to think of some more good book suggestions but is too stunned by coincidence of duckyfuzz living a few miles away with twin daughters and the same job!!>>

Ahem - Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon? Not sure why it reminds me of A Thousand Splendid Suns but somehow it does. A very lovely book.

Jofo Wed 20-May-09 22:03:21

Anything by Anita Shreeve. The Other Hand by Chris Cleave. Enjoy!

lilolilmanchester Wed 20-May-09 22:46:34

I'm reading "Shadow of the Wind" at the moment - fantastic - infact I'm off to bed after Desperate Housewives to read the next few chapters.

MummyDragon Thu 21-May-09 10:26:03

I've just read a book by Eva Rice called "The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets" - I have no idea if it is similar to what you've been reading but it is utterly fabulous, set in the 1950s, narrated from the point of view of an 18-year-old girl .... sorry if this is the wrong place to post this, but I want other people to enjoy it too!

twinmam Thu 21-May-09 10:29:51

Thanks MummyD - am just finishing an OK Michael Connelly thriller and am v keen to read something 'utterly fabulous'. Enjoy your reading lilolil - SHadow of the Wind is so lovely

MummyDragon Thu 21-May-09 10:42:40

twinmam let me know what you think - if you don't like it I will hang my head in virtual shame!

krugerparkrules Thu 21-May-09 10:53:45

i was just about to recommend the other hand, but see it already has!

Also loved "the island" by victoria hislop

and the rose tremain book "the road home" - i think thats the title

Hearts Thu 21-May-09 12:38:53

Thank you all for your great suggestions! And I will definitely follow them up.

I have 2dds - one is 5 and the other 6 months. I have a degree and used to read lots but after dd1 I could only manage "easy read" chick-lit - so am hoping to move back to more classic stuff gradually!
I liked TSSuns as it was really interesting, great plot and still very readable when you've got baby-brain. Couldn't put it down and I love that feeling about books.

More suggestions gratefully received as I am going to compile a list for the library/our fab local charity shops!

No worries about north east hijack - I'm not far away - in York! x

twinmam Fri 22-May-09 18:10:40

Us northerners obviously have great taste in books smile

Mummydragon I was out today trying desperately to remember the name of the book you recommended and couldn't so bought The Memory Keeper's Daughter (which I've heard is v good - we'll see!) and going to order the Eva Rice one now on Amazon as dying to read it!

Tillyscoutsmum Fri 22-May-09 18:18:51

Half of a Yellow Sun is a good read

The Kite Runner and Bookseller of Kabul

The Book Thief ? possibly ?

Would second Shadow of the Wind as well

twinmam Fri 22-May-09 20:50:51

Oh yes - all of those Tillyscoutsmum. The Book Thief is beautiful and I loved Half of a Yellow Sun; both were books that stayed with me. Also The Time Traveller's Wife just sprang to mind. I thought was a beautifully weird love story. I haven't read The Bookseller of Kabul but oddly I bought it today (along with Memory Keeper's Daughter). Great to have some decent books to read smile

Kally Wed 10-Jun-09 21:15:43

I have read both the Kite Runner and Thousand Splendid Suns just recently.

A friend of mine was also reading the same and she said as she was finishing 'what shall I read now?' altho very different, I suggested Angelas Ashes and she really loved it.

At the moment I am reading The Fourth Queen by a Pamela someone (errrr) (book upstairs) and it's set in the Harem of some Emperor of Morocco in the late 1700... it's very colourful and 'hot' in both terms of the word, I'm really enjoying it.

Another book I suggested to a few who said it was brilliant (and who had also enjoyed the Khaled Housein books) is the Red Tent by Anita Diamant (very feminist book) but deeply rich.

newpup Wed 10-Jun-09 21:57:17

I have just finished The Book Thief and can honestly say it is the most moving book I have ever read!!

Think you might like Mudbound by Hilary Jordan.

londonartemis Thu 11-Jun-09 12:17:40

If you liked A Thousand Splendid Suns, do read The Bookseller of Kabul. It's an account of a Norwegian journalist who lived with the bookseller and his family in Kabul. Hugely insightful, and true.

AliGrylls Thu 11-Jun-09 13:01:17

A book I would recommend that is a different topic completely (about Ireland) but is equally moving without being sentimental is the Secret Scriptures.

It hit the same nerves as A Thousand Splendid Suns. Although it was not as sad. I remember crying all the way through ATSS.

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