Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, Khaled Hosseini was eleven years old when his diplomat father was transferred to Paris by the Afghan Foreign Ministry. Four years later the family wished to return to Afghanistan but the invasion of the Soviets and the communist coup made the country too dangerous. Instead, the family came to the United States and were granted asylum. Hosseini settled in California and graduated from the University of California – San Diego School of Medicine. Hosseini was an internist for eight years from 1996 to 2004 and during this time he wrote his first novel, The Kite Runner. This May, his second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, will be published. Besides writing, Hosseini spends his time as a goodwill ambassador to the United Nations Refugee Agency.