Rumaan Alam's latest novel, Leave the World Behind, centers on a white family and an older Black couple who find themselves together in a beautiful vacation house on Long Island while a power outage — and possibly something much worse — grips much of the East Coast. The novel, which is up for the National Book Award, explores class and race relations — and how we respond to crisis and fear
Author Lucy Lethbridge explores the history of British servants through their diaries, letters and memoirs. She says, "What I found particularly fascinating was how ... butlers were so butlery"; the old caricature of the clever manservant and the silly master is one "butlers have appeared to play to the hilt."
Words like "proletariat" and "masses" have largely left the lexicon, but linguist Geoff Nunberg says "class warfare" is a specter that haunts the English language — whenever there are appeals for making the rich pay more.
Khaled Hosseini's second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, currently sits atop the New York Times best-seller list; his fiction debut, The Kite Runner, has been on the list for two years.
Hosseini, like his Kite Runner protagonist, left Afghanistan when he was boy, when his family fled before the Soviet invasion, and didn't return for decades. His father was a diplomat, and the family was granted political asylum in America.
Fellow novelist Isabel Allende calls The Kite Runner "one of those unforgettable stories that stays with you for years."
The Kite Runner, the debut novel by Afghani-born physician and author Khaled Hosseini, has been on best-seller and book club lists for nearly a year. Writer Isabel Allende says the book — about a young man who returns to Afghanistan after a long absence — is "one of those unforgettable stories that stays with you for years."