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Khaled Hosseini was born in 1965 in Kabul, Afghanistan, where his father was an Afghani diplomat and his mother a teacher. In 1980, the family requested and were granted political asylum in the United States, and moved to San Jose, California. Educated as a doctor, Hosseini earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Santa Clara University and earned a medical degree from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. He was a practicing internist between 1996 and 2004, and became a full-time author after the success of his first book. His first novel, The Kite Runner, was an international bestseller sold in more than 70 countries and adapted into an award-nominated film. Currently a resident of northern California, Hosseini is a Goodwill Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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