Read-Alikes: The Kite Runner

Abulhawa, Susan. 
Mornings in Jenin (2010)
Explores how several generations of one Palestinian family cope with the loss of their land after the 1948 creation of Israel and their subsequent life in Palestine, which is often marred by war and violence.

Amirrezvani, Anita. 
The Blood of Flowers (2007)
After her father dies without leaving her with a dowry, a seventeenth-century Persian teen becomes a servant to her wealthy rug designer uncle in the court of Shah Abbas the Great, where her weaving talents prove both a blessing and curse.

Aslam, Nadeem.
The Wasted Vigil (2008)
Marcus, an elderly doctor mourning the death of his Afghani wife and searching for his missing daughter and grandson, opens his home in Afghanistan to different houseguests with clashing ideologies and dangerous ambitions.

Ferraris, Zoe. 
Finding Nouf (2008)
When sixteen-year-old Nouf goes missing and is found drowned in the desert outside Jeddah, Nayir--a desert guide hired by her prominent family to search for her--feels compelled to find out what really happened

Firouz, Anahita 
In the Walled Gardens (2002)
Mahastee and Reza's childhood love is rekindled twenty years later after they meet at a concert, but complications are ever-present with each, as she feels trapped in a privileged life, while he has become a shadowy Marxist revolutionary.

Hamilton, Masha. 
Staircase of a Thousand Steps (2001)
Set in Transjordan before the 1967 war with Israel, Jammana and Faridah, the midwife, find themselves caught between the old world and the new.

Hensher, Phillip. 
Mulberry Empire (2002)
Follows the 1839 mission of fifty thousand British troops, who entered Afghanistan to replace the amir with someone less hostile, a campaign that led to the annihilation of the British forces and the triumph of the Afghans.

Hobbet, Anastasia. 
Small Kingdoms (2010)
Set in Kuwait during the ominous years between the two Gulf wars, Small Kingdoms traces the intersecting lives of five people--rich and poor, native and foreigner, Muslim, Christian, and non-believer--when they discover that a teenaged Indian housemaid is being brutally abused by her employer

Khadivi, Laleh. 
Age of Orphans (2009)
His innocence shattered when his parents are massacred by the soldiers of Iran's new shah, a young boy is taken in by the same army that killed his family, hides the truth about his Kurdish origins, and is instructed to kill his own people when he is deployed to his native Zagros Mountains

Khadra, Yasmina.
The Swallows of Kabul (2004)
Their lives as a diplomat and lawyer frozen by the ascendancy of the Taliban, Moshen and Zunaira find their situation becoming a nightmare when Zunaira is arrested and condemned to death

Khadra, Yasmina.
Sirens of Baghdad (2007)
Forced to leave the university when the Americans invade Iraq, a young man from a small desert village heads for Baghdad to join the resistance, until a top secret mission forces him to reconcile a proposed terrorist act with his own moral principles

Livaneli, Zulfu. 
Bliss (2006)
Raped by her uncle, a sheikh in a dervish order, teenage Meryem becomes an outcast for shaming her family, until her commando cousin Cemal is chosen to execute his defiant cousin and instead takes her to Istanbul

Matar, Hisham. 
In the Country of Men (2007)
On a hot day in Tripoli in the summer of 1979, nine-year-old Suleiman spots his father, supposedly away on business, across from the market square and wearing dark glasses, the first portent of grave danger in a previously unsuspected world

Mueenuddin, Daniyal. 
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders (2009)
A volume of linked stories describes the intertwined lives of landowners and their retainers on the Gurmani family farm in Pakistan, in a collection that explores such themes as culture, class power, and desire.

Wilentz, Amy. 
Martyrs’ Crossing (2001)
Israeli lieutenant Ari Doron falls in love with the wife of a jailed Palestinian militant in the midst of a wave of terrorism that he may have set into motion because of following orders to refuse to allow passage to a young mother and her ailing child