Hosseini weaves an excellent story, my favorite kind of story. Even as I am captured by the women's lives as they unfold, I am gaining perspective, understanding, of cultures far different from my own, historical and current events told from a viewpoint I cannot have, and the history of Afghanistan told from her own memories, not from America's media images. This last point is so important to us, I believe. I remember so clearly the day American forces invaded Kabul. I remember going to a map of the world, placing my hands on the country of Afghanistan and feeling grief, so much grief, for the life-wrenching stories of loss and war and grief that were being written that day, unknown to me. In this story, I learn to imagine not only what these stories may have been, but something of the world they took place in, and the history that led up to them.