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What happened to Amir's mother in The Kite Runner?

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Amir's mother, Sofia Akrami, tragically hemorrhaged to death while giving birth to her son in 1963. Sofia Akrami was a descendant of the royal family and was considered the most graceful, virtuous woman in all of Kabul. Sofia was also highly educated and taught classic Farsi literature at the university. Since Baba was not of royal descent, many people scoffed at his attempts to court Sofia but were proved wrong when he successfully married her. Despite Baba's affinity for sports and hopes that Amir will become masculine and athletic, Amir spends the majority of his childhood reading his mother's books. Similar to Sofia, Amir develops a love for literature and...

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