The Kite Runner Readalikes

Khaled Hosseini's first novel, The Kite Runner, is a coming-of-age story set in Afghanistan amidst political, racial, and religious turmoil. If you enjoyed The Kite Runner, check out these fiction and nonfiction books that explore themes of childhood friendship, immigration, cultural conflict, and the Middle East.

Fiction books
Nonfiction books

Fiction Books

Abu-Jaber, Diana. Crescent. 2003.

Ali, Samina. Madras on Rainy Days. 2004.

Ben Jelloun, Tahar. The Last Friend . 2006.

Cheng, Terrence. Sons of Heaven. 2002.

Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee. Sister of My Heart. 1999.

Dubus, Andre. House of Sand and Fog. 1999. Also available: Large Type, CD

Fesperman, Dan. The Warlord's Son. 2004.

Hensher, Philip. The Mulberry Empire, or, the Two Virtuous Journeys of the Amir Dost Mohammed Khan. 2002.

Khadra, Yasmina. The Swallows of Kabul. 2004.

Khashoggi, Soheir. Nadia's Song. 1999.

Khudayri, Batul . A Sky So Close. 2001.

Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake. 2003. Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Lethem, Jonathan. The Fortress of Solitude. 2003. Also available: CD

Mosley, Walter. Fortunate Son. 2006. Also available: CD

Ondaatje, Michael. Anil's Ghost. 2000. Also available: Large Type, CD

Said, Kurban. Ali and Nino. 1970. Also available: Large Type

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Nonfiction Books

Ahmedi, Farah. The Story of My Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky. 2005. (Adult Biography A2864.st).

Ansary, Tamim. West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story. 2002. (305.8927073 A). Also available: CD

Benard, Cheryl. Veiled Courage: Inside the Afghan Women's Resistance. 2002. (305.4209581 B).

Dumas, Firoozeh. Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America. 2003. (Adult Biography D8862.fu).

Elliot, Jason. An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan. 1999. (915.81 E).

Hakakian, Roya. Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran. 2004. (Adult Biography H1558.jo).

Lamb, Christina. The Sewing Circles of Herat: A Personal Voyage Through Afghanistan. 2002. (958.1046 L).

Latifa. My Forbidden Face: Growing Up Under the Taliban: A Young Woman's Story. 2001. (305.4209581 L). Also available: Cassette

Mortenson, Greg. Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations--One School at a Time. 2006. (371.82209549 M). Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook, Digital Player

Pipher, Mary Bray. The Middle of Everywhere: The World's Refugees Come to Our Town. 2002. (305.90691 P).

Seierstad, Asne. The Bookseller of Kabul. 2003. (958.1 S).
Also available: CD, Digital Player

Stewart, Rory. The Places in Between. 2006. (958.1047 S). Also available: CD

Tortajada, Anna. The Silenced Cry. 2004. (958.1046 T).

Zoya. Zoya’s Story: An Afghan Woman's Struggle for Freedom. 2002. (958.1046 Z).

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