Laila's family eventually also decides to leave the city, but a rocket destroys their house as they are preparing to leave, killing her parents and severely injuring Laila.
She is subsequently taken in by Rasheed and Mariam.
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.
There was a whole facet of Afghan society which I hadn't touched on in The Kite Runner, an entire landscape that I felt was fertile with story ideas...