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Title:The Kite Runner
Copyright2003 by Khaled Hosseini
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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.
Published by The Berkley Publishing Group
A division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
375 Hudson Street
New York, New York 10014
Copyright © 2003 by Khaled Hosseini
Book design by Claire Vaccaro
Cover design and imaging by Honi Werner
Title page illustration by Honi Werner
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First Riverhead hardcover edition: June 2003
First Riverhead trade paperback edition: May 2004
Riverhead trade paperback ISBN: 1-59448-000-1
The Library of Congress has catalogued the Riverhead hardcover edition as follows:
Hosseini, Khaled. The kite runner / Khaled Hosseini.
ISBN 1-57322-245-3 (acid-free paper)
1. Kabul (Afghanistan)--Fiction. 2. Male friendship--Fiction.
3. Social classes--Fiction. 4. Afghanistan--Fiction. 5. Betrayal--Fiction.
6. Boys--Fiction. I. Title.
PS3608.O525K58 2003 2003043106
Printed in the United States of America 20 19
This book is dedicated to Haris and Farah, both thenoorof my eyes, and to the children of Afghanistan.
I am indebted to the following colleagues for their advice, assistance, or support: Dr. Alfred Lerner, Dori Vakis, Robin Heck, Dr. Todd Dray, Dr. Robert Tull, and Dr. Sandy Chun. Thanks also to Lynette Parker of East San Jose Community Law Center for her advice about adoption procedures, and to Mr. Daoud Wahab for sharing his experiences in Afghanistan with me. I am grateful to my dear friend Tamim Ansary for his guidance and support and to the gang at the San Francisco Writers Workshop for their feedback and encouragement. I want to thank my father, my oldest friend and the inspiration for all that is noble inBaba;my mother who prayed for me and didnazrat every stage of this book's writing; my aunt for buying me books when I was young. Thanks go out to Ali, Sandy, Daoud, Walid, Raya, Shalla, Zahra, Rob, and Kader for reading my stories. I want to thank Dr. and Mrs. Kayoumy--my other parents--for their warmth and unwavering support.
I must thank my agent and friend, Elaine Koster, for her wisdom, patience, and gracious ways, as well as Cindy Spiegel, my
keen-eyed and judicious editor who helped me unlock so many doors in this tale. And I would like to thank Susan Petersen Kennedy for taking a chance on this book and the hardworking staff at Riverhead for laboring over it.
Last, I don't know how to thank my lovely wife, Roya--to whose opinion I am addicted--for her kindness and grace, and for reading, re-reading, and helping me edit every single draft of this novel. For your patience and understanding, I will always love you, Roya Jan.