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This rich, moving, and lyrical debut novel is to Syria what The Kite Runner was to Afghanistan; the story of two girls living eight hundred years apart—a modern-day Syrian refugee seeking safety and a medieval adventurer apprenticed to a legendary mapmaker—places today’s headlines in the sweep of history, where the pain of exile and the triumph of courage echo again and agThis rich, moving, and lyrical debut novel is to Syria what The Kite Runner was to Afghanistan; the story of two girls living eight hundred years apart—a modern-day Syrian refugee seeking safety and a medieval adventurer apprenticed to a legendary mapmaker—places today’s headlines in the sweep of history, where the pain of exile and the triumph of courage echo again and again.It is the summer of 2011, and Nour has just lost her father to cancer. Her mother, a cartographer who creates unusual, hand-painted maps, decides to move Nour and her sisters from New York City back to Syria to be closer to their family. But the country Nour’s mother once knew is changing, and it isn’t long before protests and shelling threaten their quiet Homs neighborhood. When a shell destroys Nour’s house and almost takes her life, she and her family are forced to choose: stay and risk more violence or flee as refugees across seven countries of the Middle East and North Africa in search of safety. As their journey becomes more and more challenging, Nour’s idea of home becomes a dream she struggles to remember and a hope she cannot live without.More than eight hundred years earlier, Rawiya, sixteen and a widow’s daughter, knows she must do something to help her impoverished mother. Restless and longing to see the world, she leaves home to seek her fortune. Disguising herself as a boy named Rami, she becomes an apprentice to al-Idrisi, who has been commissioned by King Roger II of Sicily to create a map of the world. In his employ, Rawiya embarks on an epic journey across the Middle East and the north of Africa where she encounters ferocious mythical beasts, epic battles, and real historical figures.A deep immersion into the richly varied cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, The Map of Salt and Stars follows the journeys of Nour and Rawiya as they travel along identical paths across the region eight hundred years apart, braving the unknown beside their companions as they are pulled by the promise of reaching home at last....

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  • Chris
    2019-03-23 06:50

    “E. M. Forster taught us that ‘fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.’ Jennifer Zeynab Maccani’s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We’ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative story we see one small family – both haunted by history and saved by myth – work their west. It’s beautiful and lovely and eye-opening.”

  • Touchstone Books
    2019-03-20 03:32

    It would be impossible to overstate how proud we are to be publishing this gorgeous and important novel. Nour's voice will capture your heart and linger in your mind long after you read the final page. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is not only immensely talented, but has a story that needs to be told.

  • RoseMary Achey
    2019-03-29 03:25

    You cannot read this book without gaining a new respect for Syrian Refugees. In this richly drawn story a contempoary Syrian family is torn apart after their home is destroyed. As the family attempts to escape the violence and leave Syria the reader is given an intimate window to the experience through the voice of a 12 year old girl.Concurrently we travel back to twelfth century as another fatherless girl leaves home to apprentice with cartographer. Her adventures are no less horrowing than our contempoary protagonist. While her story is filled with historical context and some mythical creatures, it provides important background and helps the reader understanding an area of the world many of us have limited knowledge.This is a complex and multi-layered novel told in a rich atmospheric voice destine to be one of the most important works of 2018. Coming May 2018.

  • Mary Lange
    2019-04-04 00:44

    4.5 stars. “What are the most important places on a map?” “The places you’ve never been.” This stunningly written, heartbreakingly beautiful (but ultimately, hopeful) story is a rich, multilayered + sweeping saga, connecting two incredible heroines across the better part of nearly a millennia. This is not a story to gulp down quickly– it requires attention and connection, a full experiencing of both the horrific tragedy within its pages as well as the deeply felt joy. Not only does Jennifer Zeynab Joykhadar do an incredible joy of telling the stories of Nour and Rawiya, but she makes me immediately want to dive into further understanding the lived experience of Syrian refugees– a telltale sign that a book will stick with me for a long time. A beautiful melding of myth, grief, hope and persistence– I just loved this one. Coming out in May of 2018– thanks to Touchstone for the opportunity to read an ARC!

  • Lynn
    2019-04-13 22:27

    A sweeping look at the Muslim world from Syria around the Mediterranean to Algeria. Two harrowing journeys: In one, a group of mapmakers mount camels to plot the geography of the known world, battling warlords, kings and the fantastic mythical beast Roc; 800 years later, a mother, who draws maps for a living [every map is, after all, a story] with three daughters, Nour, Huda and Zahra, moves from New York City to Homs, in Syria, as the mother wanted to be near relatives after the death of her husband. Before long, Homs is bombed and their home destroyed, and these Syrian refugees travel by car, truck, boat, and foot toward possible freedom.This is the story of two girls living eight hundred years apart -- Nour, a modern-day Syrian refugee seeking safety and Rawiya, disguised as the boy Rami, a medieval adventurer apprenticed to a legendary mapmaker, who asks her "What are the most important places on a map?" to which she replies, "The places you've never been." Buoyed by the stories of her father, Baba, [stories ease the pain of living, not dying. People always think dying is going to hurt. But it does not. It's living that hurts.] Nour experiences Synesthesia -- colored hearing -- as she and her family push toward Algeria, skirting Ifriqiya [Africa] and Jordan, Iraq, Saudia Arabia, Cairo, Libya. "Mama's voice is so red it's almost white." Shapes and colors for smells, sounds and letters. "Shrapnel is a red word, it sounds like metal and anger and being in the wrong place at the wrong time."A beautifully written debut novel about stories and storytelling that you won't soon forget. "Stories map the soul, in the guise of words."I read this EARC courtesy of Edelweiss and Touchstone. pub date 05/01/18

  • Abby Johnson
    2019-04-10 22:27

    Two alternating stories tell the harrowing tale of a trio of sisters forced to flee with their family after their Syrian town is bombed. Twelve-year-old Nour, still mourning the recent loss of her father, makes it a point to tell one of his stories as she travels so that she can still feel close to him, so we get the story of Rawiya, a girl 800 years earlier who disguises herself as a boy to apprentice to a map-maker. In these two stories, we follow Nour and Rawiya though their travels in the middle east, forging their own ways and making do when the map seems blank and there's no one to guide them forward. I found the modern story of Nour much more compelling than the storytelling bits about Rawiya and I ended up scanning the storytelling parts quite a bit. I found it a little jarring moving back and forth so often and it kept me from getting totally swept up in Nour's story. Still, this is a moving look at the war in Syria and the plight of refugees who have no choice but to move forward whether or not they have a map or anywhere to go.

  • Paula Sealey
    2019-03-25 23:48

    I confess to having a hard time connecting with this book. The story of a Syrian family, it follows them on their hard journey after their home is destroyed by a shell. It is broken up with a second story; retold by one of the young girls, a fable that her late father used to read to her. Unfortunately I didn't find these chapters very engaging and after a while began to skim through them as they were quite long. I felt they interrupted the flow of the modern day story which I much preferred, especially with the plight of refugees being so relevant today. It is harrowing to think of the journey some people have to make to reach safety and it is adequately captured in this story. I just didn't feel any particular connection to the characters though and therefore the story wasn't compelling.*I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Elainedav
    2019-04-09 00:33

    This is a brilliantly written novel concerning the very current issue of the ongoing unrest in Syria and resulting migration of families as they flee homes which are destroyed. In fact there are two stories woven together in a current timeline alongside a centuries old timeline.In the current timeline, we hear from Nour, a 12 year old girl, as she leaves Syria with her family and heads towards Ceuta, the Spanish town on the north African coast. The fascinating story of the family is told as they risk their lives to make the journey. They are separated and Nour and her sister Zahara follow the map painted by their mother.At the same time, the centuries old timeline is recounted as though it is a traditionally told Syrian legend. This is a story Nour knows well, told to her by her late father. Rawiya leaves Ceuta and becomes a map makers apprentice, disguised as a young man. She travels extensively, researching geography, becoming an accomplished warrior and returning to the king of Sicily to complete the maps.There are very clear parallels between the two stories and the novel switches between the two throughout. It is brilliantly written highlighting a current difficult issue in a unique way and should become a highly successful novel in 2018.Thank you to Netgalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Marta
    2019-03-29 04:49

    I was one of the fortunate ones to receive an Advance Reader’s Edition of this novel. I’m a literary fiction lover at heart and this novel had sufficient “from the heart” moments to keep me interested. I will say that Nour’s story appealed more to me than Rawiya’s epic tale simply because I personally don’t gravitate towards the imaginary/magical etc. This novel is filled with strong female characters that strive to make sense of things despite the turmoil of their time. All this being said, this novel pulls you in to experience the turmoil in Syria. The devastation, the senseless destruction of civilian life, the displacement of families, the journey. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is very skilled with her words and introspection. A great weaver of tales, a lover of nature and history and a crafty mapmaker for this epic journey of a novel. This book is fill with questions of growth and change (personal and that of a country) and insightful dialect such as “wealth is no substitute for belonging”.

  • BrocheAroe
    2019-03-19 23:53

    Scheherazade's "The Thousand and One Nights" meets Alan Gratz's "Refugee" in this important debut novel. A 12th century fable about an apprentice mapmaker is interwoven with a modern-day Syrian refugee searching for home, as the plot follows both girls through the Middle East, encountering tremendous dangers and immense acts of kindness. A must-read for teens and adults, this is an incredibly moving and lushly described story of family and friends, meaningful culture, changing landscapes, and universal hope.There are parts that will make your heart stop and parts that will make it beat again. It's an incredible force, with the most vivid descriptions that made me long to see, smell, and taste everything described. I already can hardly wait to read what she publishes next.

  • Chris devine
    2019-04-12 22:47

    So, this novel is pretty much two separate stories, one about a refugee family, and one set hundreds of years ago. The modern day refugee story was ok, it dragged in spots, but was pretty well written. The second story is kind of a fantasy tale, with a giant talking eagle plotting revenge against a young girl dressed as a boy. Oh, and theres some kind of magic stone. Rocks show up a lot in both stories for some reason too. Don't go out of your way to read this one.I won this from a goodreads giveaway.

  • Marc Chua
    2019-04-17 00:50

    I considered the Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar to be a touching memoir of the plight of a Syrian family. I believe this book is to Syrian heritage the Kite Runner is to Afghanistan. All in all, a great read.

  • Susan
    2019-04-17 01:36

    What an amazing read. Beautifully crafted parallel stories of Nour, a modern day Syrian refugee, and Rawiya, an apprentice mapmaker in the 11th Century. Nour has synesthesia and the author manages to convey to the reader how Nour hears the world. Loved it!

  • Alyson
    2019-03-28 01:37

    I loved this book! I think I need to reread it before I can even comment more.

  • Louise
    2019-04-16 22:33

    I enjoyed this book very much. Joukhadar has done a great job of bringing the past and future together and helping one get a glimpse of the situation and history of Syria.

  • Amy Morgan
    2019-04-07 22:35

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. In 2011 Nour the narrator of this story is a young girl who has lost her father, who was also her best friend to cancer. Born in New York, Nour does not remember Syria like her parents and older siblings do. So when her family moved back to Syria after the death of her father Nour struggles to make sense of her new home. Shortly after her family returns to Syria they are forced to flee as refugees when a shell destroys their house and almost kills her sister. Fleeing though is almost as dangerous if not more so than staying. Rawiya is a 16 year old girl and the focus of a story Nour’s father used to tell her. Longing to see the world and make a fortune to take care of her widowed mother, Rawiya pretend to be a boy so that a renounced mapmaker will take her on as an apprentice. The story follows both girls 800 years apart as they travel the same path each with their own battles to survive. A story of families struggling to survive and never losing hope or each other in the process this was a great read!

  • Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
    2019-03-26 23:50