Khaled Hosseini: I was born and raised in Kabul. We lived in a neighborhood called Wazir Akbar Khan, which was one of the up-and-coming neighborhoods in Kabul. My father was a diplomat. He worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul, and my mother taught Farsi and history at a very large high school for girls. So I grew up in Kabul. I lived in Kabul until I was about five or six, lived in Tehran a couple of years — kind of the diplomat family moving around. Came back to Kabul and left just before the communist — a couple of years before the communist coup — in 1976.