Sea Prayer, Khaled Hosseinis’s fourth upcoming book will hit the shelves on August 30th this year.

The international bestselling author is well known for tackling humanitarian topics in his previous books The Kite Runner,  A Thousand Splendid Suns and And The Mountains Echoed (all reviewed on booksbyHala). Sea Prayer promises to continue in the same path, but shifts focus on the Syrian crisis.

Hosseini visited Jordan in March 2015 where he spent time with Syrian families living in the refugee camps and cities of Jordan. Later in September that year, the haunting image of young Alan Kurdi the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed up on the beach in Turkey emerged. These two events may have influenced the story’s plot line.

Sea Prayer tells the story of a Syrian family’s journey from safety to danger with skies full of bombs and a turbulent sea in search of a new home. Some pages will include illustrations from Dan Williams a London-based artist whose illustrations accompanied an extract of The Kite Runner in the Guardian when it was first published 15 years ago. His work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

I cannot tell you the amount of questions I get asked about this book. However, with no answer due to the absolute media secrecy and no leaks on the story line. I really cannot wait to review it. You can pre-order your copy on the publisher’s official website here.

Khaled Hosseini, Sea Prayer cover (www.bloomsbury.com)