I bought The Kite Runner in audiobook form a couple weeks ago to keep me busy on a couple upcoming road trips. I finished it last Saturday somewhere in northern Utah on the way back to school.
The Kite Runner tells the (fictional) story of Amir--a man who grew up in Afghanistan during the 70's and later moved to the U.S. The story focuses on Amir's relationships with other Afghans, especially a boy named Hasan, who he grew up with. It is a sometimes heartwrenching, but always engaging and interesting narrative.
I feel like I understand Afghanistan a little better now. The author explores the political situation, racial tensions, traditions, and social structure of Afghanistan. He doesn't explicitly address any of these topics; they just kind of fell out of the story. If you're looking for an easy way to get a rough picture of some aspects of Afghanistan, I'd definitely recommend the book. It's obviously not an exhaustive treatment of any of these topics, but it will give you a general idea and feel for the country.
Next up on the reading list: Hamlet.