What Do I Read Next?
- Farah Ahmedi's memoir The Story of My Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky (2003) also recounts a childhood in Kabul. Ahmedi, a high school student in Illinois at the time her book was published, won the opportunity to have her life story published in book form by winning an essay contest sponsored by the television program Good Morning America. Ahmedi's account of growing up in Kabul in the 1990s offers a nonfiction version of life in 1970s Kabul sketched in The Kite Runner. Before coming to the United States, Ahmedi lost her leg to a land mine and lost family members to a Taliban rocket strike on her home.
- Jessica Hagedorn's novel Dogeaters (1990), though very different from The Kite Runner, tells the story of a young person's experiences immigrating from the Philippines to the United States. In Dogeaters the characters struggle to adjust to U.S. culture while maintaining, at times, uneasy ties to Filipino culture and the turbulent contemporary history of the Philippines.
- Richard Rodriguez's Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez: An Autobiography (1982) recounts the author's experiences as a child in a Mexican immigrant family. Rodriguez's account of his attempts to bridge the gaps between his adapted culture and language, and his family's values and language, resonate with the experiences of Amir in The Kite Runner.
- Henri J. Barkey's "The United States and Afghanistan: From Marginality to Global Concern" gives an account of the post-September 11 relations between the United States and Afghanistan and how the United States'foreign policy affected twenty-first-century political developments there. Barkey's article can be found in The Middle East and the United States: A Historical and Political Reassessment (2003), edited by David W. Lesch.