Khaled Hosseini has graced us readers with a handful of wonderful novels. Today we celebrate the eighth birthday of Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed. A story about a boy Abdullah who adores his little sister Pari. Their father is constantly working for work as they struggle through poverty and horrible winters. As they migrate across the world after a tragedy that tears their lives apart, Hosseini tells a story about the relationships that define us and mold our lives. In honor of this birthday, I put a short list together of three books that are similar to And the Mountains Echoed.
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Santiago leaves his home of Spain to search for treasure in the Egyptian desert where he meets a gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist who help him on his journey. Who knows if he will make it past all the obstacles that stand in Santiago’s way, but he will discover the treasure he holds inside.
- The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri
When everything they know is destroyed by war, the beekeeper, Nuri, and his artist wife Afra must flee their home in Aleppo. Seeking refuge with his cousin in Britain, the couple must travel through a broken world confronting their own pain and obstacles that would break the bravest of travelers.
- The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Gogol Ganguli is a first-generation child of parents who moved to the United States soon after their arranged marriage in India. Ashoke adapted to American things a lot faster than his wife Ashima who resisted anything American and longed for her family back in India. When Gogol was born, they decided to name him after a Russian writer, a memory to a catastrophe years ago. Gogol feels the burden of his heritage weighing on his shoulders during this first-generation, coming of age story.
Happy publication birthday to And the Mountains Echoed, and thank you Khaled Hosseini for writing wonderful stories.