Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini



The #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Kite RunnerA Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed responds to the heartbreak of the current refugee crisis with this deeply moving, beautifully illustrated short work of fiction for people of all ages, all over the world.

A short, powerful, illustrated book written by beloved novelist Khaled Hosseini in response to the current refugee crisis, Sea Prayer is composed in the form of a letter, from a father to his son, on the eve of their journey. Watching over his sleeping son, the father reflects on the dangerous sea-crossing that lies before them. It is also a vivid portrait of their life in Homs, Syria, before the war, and of that city’s swift transformation from a home into a deadly war zone.

Impelled to write this story by the haunting image of young Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed upon the beach in Turkey in September 2015, Hosseini hopes to pay tribute to the millions of families, like Kurdi’s, who have been splintered and forced from home by war and persecution, and he will donate author proceeds from this book to the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and The Khaled Hosseini Foundation to help fund lifesaving relief efforts to help refugees around the globe.

Khaled Hosseini is one of the most widely read writers in the world, with more than fifty-five million copies of his novels sold worldwide in more than seventy countries. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the UNHCR, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. 

My Thoughts 

I knew when I picked this book up that it was going to take a piece of my heart. I knew because I was only 17 when I read the Kite Runner, and six years later I’m still haunted by the characters that Khaled Hosseini created.

This book is essentially a prayer. It is the night before a father and son, will get on a boat, and sail across the sea in hopes of finding safety in Europe. The son, Marwan, is sleeping, and the father is looking over him remembering, and praying. It’s a short book that you can read in 5 minutes, but it’s so impactful and emotional. The artwork is gorgeous. like holy moly is it beautiful, it adds so much to the story!!

This tiny book might just haunt me as well. The characters in it might be made up, but their story? It’s one that many share and have lived through, and unfortunately, some didn’t. This small, tiny, heartbreaking book was inspired by Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian refugee who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea, trying to reach safety in Europe.

Go and buy this book, all author proceeds go to the Khaled Hosseini Foundation and the UN Refugee Agency!!


5 stars


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