Khaled Hosseini was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. He is a novelist who was known for his vivid depictions of Afghanistan, most notably in The Kite Runner that he published back in 2003. His father was a diplomat and his mother was a secondary-school teacher. In 1976, he and his parents moved to Paris where his father worked at the Afghan embassy.
The Kite Runner is set specifically in Afghanistan, however it additionally includes chapters set in America and Pakistan. Spanning a time period from roughly 1973–2002, The Kite Runner begins with an anonymous narrator reflecting on the approaches his past have fashioned his character and life. He struggles with guilt over decisions he made as a child, and many things in his grownup life trigger this guilt. He tells his story, opening with the recollection of his childhood servant and playmate Hassan, whose loyal friendship he never quite deserved.