There is a sibling relationship at the beginning of the novel, that is poignant and beautiful. In fact, the first two chapters are perfect in my opinion. The writing is spell-binding and I was drawn into the story of this family. And then the author veered off into other stories. He said that he wanted to include stories that he heard while visiting Afghanistan recently.
I hope that Hosseini goes back to writing novels with strong themes and a distinct storyline.