Khaled Hosseini, author of award winning novels “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” recently released a new book titled “Sea Prayer.”
This book, with just 48 pages, was published on the three year death anniversary of the story of Alan Kurdi, a three year old Syrian boy, who believed to have drowned during his family’s attempt to flee from their country. This book won my heart with its simplicity and beautiful illustrations by Dan Williams. It takes the reader to protagonist’s hometown where there is a great deal of detail about farmlands, local bazaars, relationships and memories. The story is in a form of a letter written from a father to Marwan his son about the father’s reflection as he watches his sleeping son on a dangerous journey across sea. Hosseini plans to donate author proceeds from this book to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and the Khaled Hosseini Foundation you help fund saving relief efforts and to help refugees. ‘Sea Prayer’ is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller.
I waited anxiously for this book a long time, many people believe that the book lacks content and context but I think that it’s full of emotions and words that have deep meanings. Aside from its unique illustrations, this book made me fall in love with the protagonist’s home town. There is also a brief description of Marwan’s mother that brings up a story in itself. I would give this book a rating of 4.5 stars. A Sea Prayer is now available in the school library, feel free to checkout.