THE KITE RUNNER is a masterful piece of literature. It reads more like a memoir than a novel thanks to the fine detail and honest emotions. On the surface it is the story of a well to do child and his friendship with the son of his father's servant. At heart it is a story about human choices and consequences. Overall it is extremely moving and well written. Other recommendations: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN NIGHT TIME, MIDDLESEX, MY FRACTURED LIFE, and THE KNOWN WORLD.