I'm trying to get out of my usual authors and the books I tend to go back to time & time again. I started checking around some blogs to see what others were reading. I had heard buzz about this book from before it was made in to a movie so I decided to try it. I was even able to get it off PBS so that saved me from having to wait for the library or buy it.
It took me a bit to get in to it. I wasn't sure I wanted to read it. It's fairly depressing and sad to start with but the redemption story that it truly is shines through the rest of the book. I did read it & it did draw me in about a quarter of the way in to it. I'm glad I read it since it's such a popular book & I do plan to read the next one by this author as well (A Thousand Splendid Suns). It's definite a break from my usual Christian romance or "who-dun-it" mystery. I would recommend the book, however, I will warn you that there are some graphic scenes that occur that I found a bit disturbing.
I have been wondering whether this was a true account so I just did a quite search to see what I could find. I found an excellent review HERE and answers that questions & gives a much more thorough account of the book.