Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul,
Afghanistan in 1965. He is the oldest of five children. and his
mother was a teacher of Farsi and History at a large girls high
school in Kabul.
In 1976, Khaledâs family was relocated to Paris, France, where
his father was assigned a diplomatic post in the Afghan embassy. The
assignment would return the Hosseini family in 1980, but by then
Afghanistan had already witnessed a bloody communist coup and the
Soviet invasion. Khaledâs family, instead, asked for and was granted
political asylum in the U.S.
He moved to San Jose, CA, with his family in 1980. He attended
Santa Clara University and graduated from UC San Diego School of
Medicine. He has been in practice as an internist since 1996. He is
married, has two children (a boy and a girl, Haris and Farah). The
Kite Runner is his first novel.
Mary Roach's popular column in Salon inspired
this book. She is also the author of the "My Planet" column in
Reader's Digest. Her writing has appeared in Outside, the
New York Times Magazine, and numerous other publications. She
lives in San Francisco.
Journalist and former
Salon.com columnist Mary Roach has written for
Outside, GQ, Vogue, and The New York Times
Magazine. She writes the humor column "My Planet" in Reader's
Digest and is a contributing editor for the science magazine
Discover. She lives in San Francisco with her husband,