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Penguin Canada to Publish Khaled Hosseini’s New Novel in May 2013

October 29, 2012 (Toronto) – Penguin Canada announced today they will publish a new novel from Khaled Hosseini, author of the multi–million bestsellers A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner, on May 21, 2013. Titled And the Mountains Echoed, the novel, to be published under Penguin Canada’s Viking imprint, is his first in six years and explores how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

Hosseini says, "I am forever drawn to family as a recurring central theme of my writing. My earlier novels were, at heart, tales of fatherhood and motherhood. My new novel is a multigenerational–family story as well, this time revolving around brothers and sisters, and the ways in which they love, wound, betray, honour, and sacrifice for each other. I am thrilled at the chance to share this book with my readers."

Nicole Winstanley, President and Publisher, Penguin Canada, says, "We are incredibly honoured to continue our relationship with Khaled Hosseini, who I had the great pleasure of working with on A Thousand Splendid Suns. He is a gifted storyteller, with an extensive fan base in Canada and we are excited to bring And the Mountains Echoed to readers across the country and make it the publishing event of the year."

With over eleven million copies of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns sold in North America, and over thirty–eight million copies of both books sold worldwide in over seventy countries, Khaled Hosseini is one of the most widely read and beloved novelists in the entire world.

Robert Barnett and Deneen Howell of Williams & Connolly negotiated the acquisition of North American rights.