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Khaled Hosseini
Khaled Hosseini
Khaled Hosseini
Born Khaled Hosseini
March 4, 1965 (1965-03-04) (age 56)
Kabul, Kingdom of Afghanistan (modern-day Afghanistan)
Occupation Novelist, physician
Citizenship United States
Period 2003 – present
Genre Fiction
Notable works The Kite Runner
A Thousand Splendid Suns
And the Mountains Echoed
Spouse Roya Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini (born March 4, 1965) is an Afghan-American novelist and physician. After graduating from college, he worked as a doctor in California. He has published three novels, most notably his 2003 debut The Kite Runner, all of which are at least partially set in Afghanistan and feature an Afghan as the main theme. Following the success of The Kite Runner he retired from medicine to write full-time.

All four of his novels became bestsellers: The Kite Runner (2003) spent 101 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list, four of them at number one. A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007) was a Times Best Seller for 103 weeks, 15 at number one. And the Mountains Echoed (2013) debuted near the top of the Times list and remained on it for 33 weeks until January 2014.

  • The Kite Runner 2003
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns 2007
  • And the Mountains Echoed 2013
  • Sea Prayer (2018)

Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. His father worked as a diplomat, and when Hosseini was 11 years old, the family moved to France; four years later, they applied for asylum in the United States, where he later became a citizen. Hosseini did not return to Afghanistan until 2001 at the age of 36, where he felt like a tourist in [his] own country. In interviews about the experience, he admitted to sometimes feeling survivor's guilt for having been able to leave the country before the American invasion and subsequent wars.

Hosseini is married to Roya Hosseini. The couple have two children. Haris, a competitive speaker, has won at the national level in Original Oratory, placing third at the 2017 NSDA National Championship. He lives in Northern California with his family. He is fluent in English as well as his native Dari and Pashto.

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