Fear of Flying

Nothing was more symbolic of the Taliban's fall than the appearance of a forbidden kite in the skies over Kabul. Breathless news accounts heralded it as a harbinger of Afghanistan's rebirth; the killjoy Talibs were gone and music, which they had also banned, played at their wake. But in Khaled Hosseini's debut novel, The Kite Runner, this symbol of liberation serves only to remind Afghan refugee Amir of a past he has desperately tried to escape. Exiled to San Francisco, Amir revisits that past in a series of flashbacks set amidst Afghanistan's war-wracked history. What begins as a rosy portrayal of...

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