I have enjoyed all three of these books, each purchased shortly after release. Why? Hosseini writes well, for one thing, and his stories are gripping, but I especially like the immersion in Afghan culture. We have been at war in this country for many years now; my husband and my friends’ husbands have been deployed either to Afghanistan or Iraq time and time again. It’s so easy, in this situation, to think of these entire peoples as just enemies, and forget that only some of them are enemies. The rest are ordinary people trying to live their lives as well as they can in miserable circumstances. They are not so very different from you and I.