This is the third book for Khaled Hosseini, one of our country's best story tellers. Much like his first two novels, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, Hosseini uses the family as his central theme. All of these novels take place in Afghanistan, his native country, yet his voice strikes a universal chord that speaks to the heart of everyone. To paraphrase an interview with the author--And the Mountains Echoed is a multi-generational story that weaves connections across years as it explores issues of love, grief, sacrifice, duty, the fear of abandonment, the "pull" of home, and our desire to be good persons in spite of our trying circumstances. As I turned the last page and began reflecting on the book, I found myself desperately hoping we will be seeing more of his stories for a long time to come. Out of 5 stars, I'd give this one 10!