just discovered Khaled Hosseini's (author of Kite Runner) A Thousand Splendid Suns.
a third of the way through and its quite a good read, easy, quick, and engaging. Hosseini displays flashes of genius at times, and is only the 2nd author to able to induce tears from my eyes (Irene Hunt being the other). of course, maybe its cuz i'm not that well read, haha.
I drop knowledge so heavy it leaves the world unbalanced, exterminating the spiritual force of all that challenge, I'm the lyrical apocalypse that crumbles the granite, replacing you as the dominant species on the planet.