Peaks and Valleys

Afghanistan is a touchy subject, but it’s what Khaled Hosseini does and does well. The bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns brings his newest work, And the Mountains Echoed, to the Valley this week for a book-signing and conversation about his oft-misunderstood home country.

His third novel spans not only the globe with its setting, but generations with its storytelling. Beginning with a folk tale and an act of sacrifice, the plot quickly morphs into a story within a story about love and family.

Though he calls it less “Afghan-centric” than his first two books, the novel is rooted in Hosseini’s visits with Afghan refugees and their stories of devastation and survival.

Sun., June 9, 1 p.m., 2013
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