This is a wonderful story about truth, honor and the meaning of family. I read the whole thing in two days simply because it was impossible to put down.
The first half of the book takes place in a peaceful Afghanistan, before the war with Russia began in the 1970s. This serves in utter contrast to the second half, which tells of the land most of us are familiar with--that of suffering and war.
Though Afghanistan itself serves as a central character, the focus is also on the narrator, Amir, and his relationship with his father and his childhood friend who he always thought was beneath him until one fateful day.
It is lovingly written. I feel cheesy saying that, but that is the only word I can think of to describe this novel.