And the Mountains Echoed begins as Saboor tells his two children the story of a poor man, Baby Ayub, who chooses to let his youngest and most favored child go so that the boy can have a better future. Not only is this the last story Saboor entertains his children with, but also foreshadows the fate of Saboor’s daughter Pari. Pari and her older brother, Abdullah, are both devastated when Pari is given away to a wealthy couple in Kabul, the Wahdati’s, for they were unusually close. Following the story of Abdullah and Pari’s separation are a series of intertwined stories documenting the lives of a number of people who are all connected in some way.
One of the most memorable quotes for me was what Pari says to her niece – also named Pari – regarding her adoptive mother, Nila Wahdati,
“I wish I had been more kind. That is something a person will never regret. You will never say to yourself when you are old, Ah, I wish I was not good to that person. You will never think that”
Four hundred and sixteen pages long, this is truly a must read!