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Sea Prayer

byKhaled Hosseini

Hardcover | September 18, 2018

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NEW YORK TIMES bestseller

The #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Kite Runner, A 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.

On a moonlit beach, a father cradles his sleeping son as they wait for dawn to break and a boat to arrive. He speaks to his boy of the long summers of his childhood, recalling his grandfather's house in Syria, the stirring of olive trees in the breeze, the bleating of his grandmother's goat, the clanking of the cooking pots. And he remembers, too, the bustling city of Homs, with its crowded lanes, its mosque and grand souk, in the days before the sky spat bombs and they had to flee.

When the sun rises, they and those around them will gather their possessions and embark on a perilous sea journey in search of a new home.

Khaled Hosseini will donate author proceeds from this book to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and to The Khaled Hosseini Foundation to help fund life-saving relief efforts to help refugees around the globe.

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Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and moved to the United States in 1980. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed. Hosseini is also a U.S. Goodwill Envoy to the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation...
Title:Sea PrayerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:48 pages, 9.81 × 6.46 × 0.39 inPublished:September 18, 2018Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:073523678X

ISBN - 13:9780735236783

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I bought this thinking it was a proper novel and was disappointed at first, but I read it and it was beautiful. The illustrations are captivating and the story is lovely.
Date published: 2018-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A literary achievement! When I opened my package and saw this book I was so disappointed. It really is a short poem. Then I opened the book and sat down to read it. RUN and buy this book! I have read it four times - it only takes 10-15 minutes but this book captures in 500 words what others cannot begin to in 500000 words. Simply exceptional and heartwrenching.
Date published: 2018-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short and Sweet Beautiful illustrations, and as always, beautiful words from Hosseini. This small book will make a big impact on your heart.
Date published: 2018-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pray for Impact This book takes 10 minutes to read. A short story inspired by Alan Kurdi’s story. 10 minutes and a small amount of words is all it takes to disconnect from your phone or whatever electronic device you are on and then reconnect with the world around. The story starts with a wish of a father for what he wanted his son’s memories to be. However, that is not the case. His father had fond memories when he was his son’s age, a toddler. What his son’s memories do consist of, are bombs flying, and dark blood being better than bright. The only hope one can have to connect in this story is through prayer. Another is not only reading this book but purchasing a copy. All of the author’s proceeds are being donated to help fund life-saving relief efforts for refugees around the globe. A little purchase like this certainly helps, but the words of this story will also leave an even more significant impact.
Date published: 2018-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this i read this in few minutes after waiting for months ( as i pre ordered) but its all worth it!!! I wish he would write more novels!
Date published: 2018-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impactful, evocative, and profoundly moving! Sea Prayer is an intense, beautifully depicted story that highlights the plight of thousands around the world who are forced to leave their homes and embark on a perilous journey to find safety and freedom for themselves and their families. The prose is lyrical and fluid. The narration is unique and powerful and told entirely through a heartfelt letter written by a father to his young son. And the illustrations are a perfect complement to the compelling, emotional plot as they transport you from the greens and reds of content country life to the blacks and browns of turmoil and war, and then on to the blues and dark greens of the unpredictable, endless raging sea. Overall I would have to say that The Sea Prayer is a short but incredibly poignant tale that reminds us that the base of humanity is kindness, compassion, and strength and that no matter nationality, locale, or religious beliefs everyone deserves to be loved, protected, and free.
Date published: 2018-09-19

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Sea Prayer:"Intensely moving . . . Powerfully evocative of the plight in which displaced populations find themselves . . . The book reads like an emotional gut-punch. . .  It is impossible to read without feeling intense compassion for those—and there are thousands—whose lives resemble those of the characters in the book. Powerful." —Kirkus, STARRED Review"Hosseini’s story, aimed at readers of all ages, does not dwell on nightmarish fates; instead, its emotional power flows from the love of a father for his son . . . In Williams’s loosely stroked ink-and-wash spreads, the corals and greens of the Syrian countryside give way to war’s gray shadows and the sea’s blue hues. Expansive views of sky and water both temper the text’s emotional build and render the figures in them small and fragile. Together, the evocative illustrations and graceful, compelling prose make it clear that Marwan and his parents have no choice but to trust the sea." —Publishers Weekly, STARRED BOX ReviewPraise for Khaled Hosseini:“Mr. Hosseini’s narrative gifts have deepened over the years. . . . That Mr. Hosseini manages . . . to actually succeed in spinning his characters’ lives into a deeply affecting choral work is a testament both to his intimate knowledge of their inner lives, and to his power as an old-fashioned storyteller.” —The New York Times “Hosseini’s writing makes our hearts ache, our stomachs clench, and our emotions reel. . . . Hosseini tells this saddest of stories in achingly beautiful prose through stunningly heroic characters whose spirits somehow grasp the dimmest rays of hope.” —USA Today “Some writers, like Khaled Hosseini, know how to whisk rough moral fiber into something exquisite . . . over and over again, he takes complicated characters and roasts them slowly, forcing us to revise our judgments about them and to recognize the good in the bad and vice versa.” —The Washington Post “Readers flocked to The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns because Hosseini so richly illuminated an unfamiliar world . . . the heartwarming closing pages [of And the Mountains Echoed] remind us why the author has attracted such an ardent following.” —The Boston Globe “Hosseini’s work is uplifting, enlightening, universal.” —Fort Worth Star-Telegram