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The Kite Runner Lesson Plan

Relationship to Other Books

Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns is a sequel of sorts to The Kite Runner. Also set in Afghanistan, the novel explores once again how the political and the personal are intertwined, giving vivid portrayals of the impact of the volatile society on the lives of ordinary people.

Another literary work with a similar setting is The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Selerstad, which details the suffering of the women in a patriarchal family.

The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri, is a narrative of a family who has moved from India to America. The protagonist grows up as the novel progresses, making it akin to the bildungsroman that is The Kite Runner.

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