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Khaled Hosseini's 'And the Mountains Echoed' garners rave reviews

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(Read caption) One thing that may come as a surprise to readers of Hosseini's third novel: There’s far less "Afghanistan" and "conflict" in this book – perhaps a deliberate decision by Hosseini to reframe the country in readers’ psyches.

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Early reviews are in and they’ve confirmed what we’ve known all along: Khaled Hosseini’s latest novel, “And the Mountains Echoed,” is a hit. It’s also a surprisingly nuanced, morally complex, exquisitely told tear-jerker.

Take it from the Washington Post’s book reviewer, Marcela Valdes.

“I’m not an easy touch when it comes to novels, but Hosseini’s new book, 'And the Mountains Echoed,' had tears dropping from my eyes by Page 45,” she writes, positing that Hosseini’s “secret ingredient might be intense emotion.”

Hosseini’s third book, “And the Mountains Echoed,” hits stores Tuesday, six years after his previous two books captivated millions of readers and spent years on the bestseller list. His 2003 debut novel, “The Kite Runner,” was published in 70 countries and spent almost two years on bestseller lists. “A Thousand Splendid Suns” also became a bestseller in 2007. Together, the two books have sold more than 38 million copies.

“And the Mountains Echoed” isn't due out until tomorrow but pre-orders of the book, in both print and e-book versions, have already exceeded those of "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by almost 95 percent on Amazon.com.

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