Khaled Hosseini's next novel will be a journey across time and space.
The author of the million-sellers The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns has finished his third book, And the Mountains Echoed. Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) and the publisher of his first two novels, announced on Monday that And the Mountains Echoed comes out on May 21.
"I am forever drawn to family as a recurring central theme of my writing," Hosseini, the Afghan-born author and physician, said in a statement. "My earlier novels were at heart tales of fatherhood and motherhood. My new novel is a multi-generational family story as well, this time revolving around brothers and sisters and the ways in which they love, wound, betray, honour and sacrifice for each other. I am thrilled at the chance to share this book with my readers."
Penguin's chief Susan Petersen Kennedy is one of the few people to have read the novel. She said that And the Mountains Echoed would take place "in different parts of the world" and, as with Hosseini's previous books, offers "such a clear experience and characters you can identify with, even if their lives are very different from your own.
"He really opens you up to what it means to be human," she said.
Hosseini, 47, is one of the world's most popular authors, with his first two books selling more than 38 million copies. The Kite Runner, his debut, came out in 2003 and became a word-of-mouth sensation and book club favourite, spending two years on The New York Times' best-seller list. - AP