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Sea Prayer
By (author): Khaled Hosseini
9780735236783 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Sep 18, 2018
$19.95 CAD
Active 6.46 x 9.81 x 0.39 in 48 pages 4/C THROUGHOUT Penguin Canada Viking
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.

To learn more about UNHCR, please visit: unhcr.org/Khaled-hosseini

To learn more about The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, please visit: khaledhosseinifoundation.org

Story Locale: Homs, Syria

KHALED HOSSEINI is one of the most widely read and beloved authors in the world. His New York Times bestselling novels The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed have sold more than fifty-five million copies worldwide. Hosseini is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the founder of the Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. He was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and lives in northern California.

Author Residence: Northern California

DAN WILLIAMS is a London-based artist whose illustrations accompanied an excerpt of A Thousand Splendid Suns in The Guardian when it was first published. His work has also appeared in National Geographic, Rolling Stone, and The Wall Street Journal, among many other publications.

Illustrator Residence: London, UK

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Publicity: Select author interviews (like The Current and The Globe and Mail)



Author Website: www.khaledhosseinifoundation.org

Author Social Media: www.facebook.com/KhaledHosseini

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 Review

Praise 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

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