A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini is probably one of the best books I have ever read. Not only is it well written, but the story reminds me of how good I have it as a woman living in the United States. The book tells the story of two women living in Kabul, Afghanistan before and during the Soviet invasion and the Taliban regime. These women were beaten and abused by their husband and there wasn’t anything they could do about it. Because of culture and tradition, the husband thought this brutality was expected of him when the wives “misbehaved”. When I first read this book, it made me realize that my life could be worse. As a woman in the United States, I have so many opportunities. I get to choose what I do for the rest of my life. I get to choose who I marry and how many children I have. I don’t know if everyone feels this way when they read a sad story like this, but every time I read A Thousand Splendid Suns, it inspires me to do better and work harder for the things I want because not all women have those choices.
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