I just finished this book. It follows two afghan women who end up married to the same man.
After finishing the book. I was watching NBC nightly news, and they were reporting from afghanastan. They had a report on the Afghan women. The report showed girls as young as 13 who were married off to men more than twice their age. Some of these "child brides", had set themselves on fire. In order to get out of the marriage. One girl died during the filming of the report. It just clicked for me that the two women in the book were both very young. They both were 15 when they maried.
I think that A thousand splendid suns is just as good as the author's first book, the kite runner. I give it a very high rading. 4 and above.