Mariam's father, Jalil, is a businessman who owns a cinema and lives in Herat with his three wives and many children, traveling to visit Mariam, his illegitimate daughter, every Thursday.On her fifteenth birthday, Mariam wants her father to take her to see Pinocchio at his movie theater, against the pleas of her mother.I realized that I had found not only the right line for the scene, but also an evocative title in the phrase 'a thousand splendid suns,' which appears in the next-to-last stanza.""I had been entertaining the idea of writing a story of Afghan women for some time after I'd finished writing The Kite Runner. All the major characters, except perhaps for Amir's wife Soraya, were men.
Upon discovering that she is pregnant with Tariq's child, Laila agrees to marry Rasheed to protect herself and the baby, giving birth to a daughter, Aziza, whom Rasheed rejects and neglects for being a girl.
Jealous of Laila and Rasheed's interest in her, Mariam initially is very cold, but gradually warms Laila as she attempts to cope with both Rasheed's abuse and the baby.
She is taken to live in Jalil's house, but his wives push him to quickly arrange for Mariam to be married to Rasheed, a shoemaker from Kabul who is thirty years her senior.
Mariam resists, but is soon pressured into the marriage, moving away with Rasheed.
However, he stated, "As I began to write, as the story picked up pace and I found myself immersed in the world of Mariam and Laila, these apprehensions vanished on their own.
The developing story captured me and enabled me to tune out the background noise and get on with the business of inhabiting the world I was creating." On the outskirts of Herat, a girl named Mariam lives with her embittered and estranged mother.
When he does not come, she travels to his house and sleeps on the street outside.
Upon returning home, Mariam finds that her mother has committed suicide out of fear that her daughter had deserted her.