The novella is a tribute to Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed upon the beach in Turkey in September 2015.
Inspired by the hunting images of Alan, Hosseini wrote the novella in the form of a letter, from a father to his son, on the eve of their journey. Watching over his sleeping son, the father reflects on the perilous sea waves lying before them.
The novella is also a portrait of their life in Homs, Syria, before the war, and of the city's rapid transformation from a home into a deadly war zone.
The 52-year-old New York Times-bestselling author of ‘The Kite Runner’, was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. In 1970, Hosseini and his family moved to Iran where his father worked for the Embassy of Afghanistan in Tehran. Three years later, Hosseini's family returned to Kabul.
The renowned author also published ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ in 2007, and ‘The Mountains Echoed’ in 2013.