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Many readers see my novel, The Kite Runner, as a book about Afghanistan, a story of its violent recent past, its tragedies and upheavals, culture and resilient people. They tell me that this book opened for them an intimate window into my troubled homeland, and that news stories about Afghanistan suddenly registered with them on a deep and personal level. They ask me if this was my intent in writing this book. And I tell them it was. But not that first day, in March of 2001, when I sat to write the opening words of this book. For me, writing has always been, first and foremost, about storytelling. The Kite Runner came about simply because I was bewitched by a story. A story of guilt and redemption, brutality and kindness, sin and forgiveness, a story of the doomed friendship between two boys, one rich, one poor, one flawed, the other pure, with Afghanistan and her own tale of brutality and kindness as the backdrop. It was always, first and last, about story. And stage has always been a unique and powerful medium for storytelling, direct and intimate, organic and spontaneous. And so I thank American Place Theatre for selecting the story of Amir and Hassan, two boys who lived in my mind and are dear to my heart. I am grateful and thrilled. Thank you for honoring me with this performance.
Letter written to The American Place Theatre - April 12, 2005
Recommended for grades 9-12