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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar Narrator: Lara Sawalha Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2018 ISBN: 9781508253341
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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 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] ambitious debut… Joukhadar plunges the Western reader full force into the refugee world with sensual imagery.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “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 way west. It’s beautiful and lovely and eye-opening.”

    Chris Bohjalian, New York Times bestselling author

  • "[A] sweeping, thrillingly ambitious tale…Joukhadar captures the unrelenting courage of those who persist amid the trials of exile. A truly remarkable debut.”

    Kirstin Chen, author of Soy Sauce for Beginners

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About the Author

Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is a Syrian American author. Originally from New York City, Jennifer was born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother. She is a member of the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI) and of American Mensa. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net.

About the Narrator

Lara Sawalha is an Actor, Model and Film & Stage Crew member based in London, United Kingdom. She graduated from Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in 2006 with a BA in Acting and now works between Jordan and London doing theater, film, TV, radio, and audiobook narration.