The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Riverhead Books, 2003.

When Hosseini’s novel was first published, no one thought it would ever be the runaway best-seller that it became. Indeed, some first editions were actually remaindered. The book’s construction is better than average, though, with black cloth backstrap and dark green paper boards that seem a bit more solid than is normal. Hosseini is well known for signing his books in both English and Farsi and the photo here is a great example of that. Standard first edition nomenclature.