The Kite Runner Readalikes
Khaled Hosseini's first novel, The Kite Runner, is a coming-of-age story set in Afghanistan amidst political, racial, and religious turmoil. If you enjoyed The Kite Runner, check out these fiction and nonfiction books that explore themes of childhood friendship, immigration, cultural conflict, and the Middle East.
Abu-Jaber, Diana. Crescent. 2003.
Ali, Samina. Madras on Rainy Days. 2004.
Ben Jelloun, Tahar. The Last Friend . 2006.
Cheng, Terrence. Sons of Heaven. 2002.
Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee. Sister of My Heart. 1999.
Fesperman, Dan. The Warlord's Son. 2004.
Hensher, Philip. The Mulberry Empire, or, the Two Virtuous Journeys of the Amir Dost Mohammed Khan. 2002.
Khadra, Yasmina. The Swallows of Kabul. 2004.
Khashoggi, Soheir. Nadia's Song. 1999.
Khudayri, Batul . A Sky So Close. 2001.
Ahmedi, Farah. The Story of My Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky. 2005. (Adult Biography A2864.st).
Ansary, Tamim. West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story. 2002. (305.8927073 A). Also available: CD
Benard, Cheryl. Veiled Courage: Inside the Afghan Women's Resistance. 2002. (305.4209581 B).
Dumas, Firoozeh. Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America. 2003. (Adult Biography D8862.fu).
Elliot, Jason. An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan. 1999. (915.81 E).
Hakakian, Roya. Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran. 2004. (Adult Biography H1558.jo).
Lamb, Christina. The Sewing Circles of Herat: A Personal Voyage Through Afghanistan. 2002. (958.1046 L).
Latifa. My Forbidden Face: Growing Up Under the Taliban: A Young Woman's Story. 2001. (305.4209581 L). Also available: Cassette
Mortenson, Greg. Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations--One School at a Time. 2006. (371.82209549 M). Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook, Digital Player
Pipher, Mary Bray. The Middle of Everywhere: The World's Refugees Come to Our Town. 2002. (305.90691 P).
Tortajada, Anna. The Silenced Cry. 2004. (958.1046 T).
Zoya. Zoya’s Story: An Afghan Woman's Struggle for Freedom. 2002. (958.1046 Z).