The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill Assigned reading from a friend. Beautiful historical fiction about a young woman's life through slavery, "freedom," and resettlement in Sierra Leone. The title and then heft of the book were off putting at first, but I'm so glad I read it!
The Kite Runner is the story of Amir, a Sunni Muslim, who struggles to find his place in the world because of the aftereffects and fallout from a series of traumatic childhood events. An adult Amir opens the novel in the present-day United States with a vague reference to one of these events, and then the novel flashes back to Amir's childhood in Afghanistan.