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A Thousand Splendid Suns
Chapter 1 introduces Mariam, a young girl growing up in western Afghanistan in the early s. At age five, Mariam learns that she is a harami , meaning born out of wedlock. Her father, Jalil Khan, is one of the wealthiest men in the city of Herat. He owns a cinema, three carpet stores, a clothing shop, and a car. He has three wives and nine children, and employs a cook, a driver, and three housekeepers. After Nana became pregnant, she was thrown out of the house. Despite her status as illegitimate outcast, Mariam adores her father.
by Khaled Hosseini
All rights reserved. When she's five, her mother calls her a harami illegitimate child for the first time after she accidentally breaks an old family heirloom. Mariam's father, Jalil, visits her for one or two hours each Thursday. He's totally affectionate with Mariam while they're together, and he calls her a "little flower" 1. When Jalil leaves, Nana always criticizes him, calling him a liar and a hypocrite.
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