Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini | Book Review

★★★★★
April 13th

I’ve found that these shorter poetry-style books are very hit or miss for me. This is an extremely short piece by Khalid Hosseini, who famously wrote The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. This is a prayer about the safe travel of refugees, and the reality that these people face as they leave their home in search of something safer.

I found the book incredibly moving and loved the space that it took. The illustrations were absolutely gorgeous, and the formatting allowed for contemplation between short paragraphs. There’s gravity to the situation, and gravity to Hosseini’s words. Each choice is deliberate, and the pacing of the piece is slow and methodical, allowing the reader to digest.

I think this is an incredibly powerful piece. From online reviews that I’ve seen from parents, this is a book that many are reading to their children, which, though heavy in subject matter, is an important topic. I would definitely recommend this, as it provides such important insight into a reality which I wish that no one had to deal with.

-Siobhan