Khaled Hosseini's second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, currently sits atop the New York Times best-seller list; his fiction debut, The Kite Runner, has been on the list for two years.
Hosseini, like his Kite Runner protagonist, left Afghanistan when he was boy, when his family fled before the Soviet invasion, and didn't return for decades. His father was a diplomat, and the family was granted political asylum in America.
Fellow novelist Isabel Allende calls The Kite Runner "one of those unforgettable stories that stays with you for years."
This interview first aired on Aug. 11, 2005.