As you know, I went into this book with more than a fair share of doubts. After reading The Kite Runner, which depressed me more than any other book (or movie, or personal anecdote, or...) ever had, I wasn't even sure I wanted to dive into this one. But dive I did, and I am glad I decided to do it.
This book is certainly depressing, but it was a different type of misery and desperation than the last book. The book was addicting, often accompanying me to Kaden's room to sit on his floor and "play", sneak-reading out of the corner of my eye while I served as the voice of his little animals for him.
If you've considered this one, I say read it. It has it's share of heart-wrenching parts, but it does end up basically as it should, all things considered. I think Khaled Hosseini is a wonderful writer and if he does write another book, regardless of it's soul-crushing content, I'm sure I'll read that too.