Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini
Illustrated by Dan Williams
Hardcover: 105 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Books
First Edition edition (September 18, 2018)
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.
This book is a short story that takes only a little time to read, but the message had a great impact on me. It’s written as a letter from a father to his son. The letter is about his own childhood, then the their life in Syria. It ends with his thought about what’s ahead of them as they prepare to leave their home to escape the horror of the war via the sea.
I enjoyed this book. I thought the story seemed so much bigger than the short page count. It made a big impact on me.
I loved the illustrations.
This book was written to honor all the families that had to flee their homes because of war. Author proceeds go to UNHCR and The Khaled Hosseini Foundation.