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Volume 97, Number 4

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Beth Mark
Intrigue, revelations, and redemption

“I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975. I remember the precise moment. . . .” The first sentences of The Kite Runner, a novel set in Afghanistan and California, drew me in and kept me reading. Amir, the son of a wealthy Afghani businessman recounts the story of his close childhood friendship with Hassan, the son of a household servant. A sudden betrayal after a kite-running tournament ends the boys’ friendship as well as their childhood. Years later, Amir, now in California, is asked to rescue his old friend’s son. Amir’s return to Afghanistan includes intrigue, danger, surprising revelations, and redemption. Khaled Hosseini, an Afghan-American physician, wrote this compelling story that is further enhanced by his rich descriptions of Afghanistan and the American immigrant experience. Be forewarned, once you begin to read this novel, you won’t be able to stop!

—Beth Mark is the Murray Library coordinator of instruction and liaison librarian to the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Performance.

Beth (Hostetler) Mark ’72 earned her MSLS (library science) from Shippensburg University in 1975 and an MLA (liberal arts) from Temple University in 1998. She has been a librarian at Messiah since 1979. Beth enjoys helping students with their research and working with Messiah colleagues who enjoy discussing books.

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