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‘Sea Prayer’ by Khaled Hosseini

From the author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, comes a short but powerful picture book for all ages, dedicated to the thousands of refugees who have perished at sea fleeing war and persecution. Enhanced by the illustrations of Dan Williams, it’s a letter from a father to a son, on the eve of their departure. He knows he is doing everything he can to protect his child, but also realizes that his choice will put them in grave danger.

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 was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and moved to the United States in 1980. Here is a short documentary from the author about his own journey in writing this book:

 

‘And the Mountains Echoed’ by Khaled Hosseini

And the Mountains EchoedstarstarstarstarstarHosseini has proven once again, as he did with The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, that he is a master storyteller. This is a rich story about individuals and the love between a brother and a sister. He weaves in a few generations and expands the book to multiple settings, but there is a thread through it all which knits together beautifully. What strikes me about Hosseini is his ability to draw the reader in, immediately at the beginning, and with each new chapter and section. Of course we know what the ending should be in this story but we have no idea how he is going to take us there and what we will see along the way. All he provides is an echoed refrain that is unmistakable and profound. Already in the first section, when Baba uses a bedtime parable to prepare his children (and himself) for what he must do the next day,  he sets up this refrain with these words: “a finger had to be cut to save the hand” (p. 5). The very first words of the book are Baba’s words, but actually the author’s own as well. “So then. You want a story and I will tell you one.”