The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781594489600
  • 352 Pages
  • Riverhead Books
  • Adult


A deluxe collector’s edition of the phenomenally bestselling The Kite Runner, filled with striking and memorable photographs that bring Khaled Hosseini’s compelling story to life.

Since its publication in 2003, The Kite Runner has shipped over four million copies and spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy through the horrific rule of the Taliban, The Kite Runner is the heartbreaking story of the unlikely and inseparable friendship between a wealthy Afghan boy and the son of his father’s servant, both of whom are caught in the tragic sweep of history. Published in the aftermath of America’s invasion of Afghanistan, Khaled Hosseini’s haunting writing brought a part of the world to vivid life that was previously unknown.

Now this beautifully produced, collectible hardcover enhances Khaled Hosseini’s story with unforgettable color and black-and-white photographs of the people of Afghanistan and their surroundings, further illustrating the world in which the story is set and heightening the already powerful experience of reading this incredible book.
The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini


ALA Notable Book – winner
Alex Award – YALSA – winner
Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award – winner
Book Sense Bestseller List Sensation – winner
Borders Original Voices Award – winner
Entertainment Weekly’s Best Book – winner
Literature to Life Award – winner


“A moving portrait of modern Afghanistan.”—Entertainment Weekly

“This powerful first novel…tells the story of fierce cruelty and fierce yet redeeming love. Both transform the life of Amir, Khaled Hosseini’s privileged young narrator, who comes of age during the last peaceful days of the monarchy, just before his country’s revolution and its invasion by Russian forces. But political events, even as dramatic as the ones that are presented in The Kite Runner, are only a part of this story. In The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini gives us a vivid and engaging story that reminds us how long his people have been struggling to triumph over the forces of violence—forces that continue to threaten them even today.”—The New York Times Book ReviewThe New York Times Book Review

“A powerful book…no frills, no nonsense, just hard, spare prose…an intimate account of family and friendship, betrayal and salvation that requires no atlas or translation to engage and enlighten us. Parts of The Kite Runner are raw and excruciating to read, yet the book in its entirety is lovingly written.”—The Washington Post Book World

“An astonishing, powerful book.”—Diane Sawyer

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