I picked up the Kite Runner before we left on our honeymoon because I was hearing all sorts of talk about it. After we got stuck in the hurricane it gave me a good reason to start on the book, and man I couldn't put it down! Khaled does such an awesome job of painting a picture and helping me to visualize a culture I am so far from understanding! It does have a graphic scene in the book that is uncomfortable to those of who might be thinking about reading it, however it is worth it and that one scene is what the book and cultures is all about.
Now on to A Thousand Splendid Suns. I just finished it today. Khaleds second book, and EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ IT. Again there are some things in in the book that make you uncomfortable (abuse, etc.) however it wouldn't be the book it is with those details left out. I also believe from what I have read and what I have heard is that even though his books are fictional, they have real stories or relations to what Khaled went through as a boy growing up in Afganistahn.
Both of his books have kept me totally engaged and I couldn't stop turning the pages so if you are looking for a good book, this is an author you will want to follow.
Cheers to Khaled Hosseini