Can you believe it's been ten years since Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner was first published? Over that decade, the novel has been read by tens of millions of people all around the world.
To celebrate the event, Riverhead Books has released a special 10th Anniversary Edition of The Kite Runner, which includes a new foreword by Hosseini.
I read the book soon after it first came out and long before I started blogging. I still remember the vivid characters, the friendship between the boys, the secrets revealed in adulthood, the contrast of life in Afghanistan versus the United States, the exploration of father-son relationships, and the intensity of the story.
The opening paragraph has the power to bring it all back to me:
I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975. I remember the precise moment, crouching behind a crumbling mud wall, peeking into the alley near the frozen creek. That was a long time ago, but it's wrong what they say about the past, I've learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years.If you haven't yet read The Kite Runner, doesn't that make you want to know more? If you are already familiar with the book, then you know what happened that winter, and those sentences will cause the plot to begin to unfold for you.
Whether you're new to Hosseini or want to revisit the book, I have good news! Thanks to Riverhead Books, I'm thrilled that I'm able to offer one of my readers a copy of the 10th Anniversary Edition of The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. All you have to do for a chance to win is to fill out the following form.
I'll use a random number generator to pick a winner on March 25, and once the winner is confirmed, I'll erase all personal information from my computer. Winners must have a US or Canada mailing address (no PO Boxes, please). Good luck!
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Published by Penguin USA / Riverhead, 2013 (anniversary edition)
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