The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar

The Map of Salt and Stars

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.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 chan...

Details The Map of Salt and Stars

TitleThe Map of Salt and Stars
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherAtria Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Contemporary

Reviews The Map of Salt and Stars

  • Angela M
    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be the worst possible time with a civil war looming and it tells of their harrowing and heartbreaking struggle to find safety. We follow 12 year old Nour and her mother an...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first learned about it. I inhaled this book. Joukhadar’s writing is some of the most lyrical I’ve read. The main character, Nour, has synesthesia and sees colors, and you, the r...
  • Emer (A Little Haze)
    Bumping this up to five stars because months later the story is still crystal clear in my mind... And I also went out and bought myself a physical edition of this beauty. Definitely among my top reads of 2018.-------Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!!You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeli...
  • Hannah Greendale
    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don’t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dunes on her quest to “map the lands of Anatolia, Bilad Ash-Sham, and the eastern Maghreb” and the story of a young Syrian refugee who makes a harrowing journey, alo...
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    What kind of magic is this?Q:God smiles through the cracks in broken things. (c)Q:Stories are powerful, but gather too many of the words of others in your heart and they will drown out your own. Remember that... (c)Q:Stones don't have to be whole to be lovely," he says. "Even cracked ones can be polished and set. Small diamonds, if they are clear and well cut, can be more valuable than big ones with impurities. Listen," he says. Sometimes the bri...
  • Erin
    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventure tale, The Map of Salt and Stars certainly sheds light on one family's story as they travel from America after their father's death to Syria, only to find themselve...
  • Maxwell
    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, with some amazing quotes in it. I think I'll just leave the rest of the review with some of my favorites."He said one day I'd tell our story back to him. But my words ...
  • Marialyce
    I am going to admit I had a hard time staying with this book. It was one of the cases where I would read a chapter put the book down to return later. It was not that the writing was poor. Point in fact the writing was amazing, but the story line just could not seem to pull me into that place were time just drifted away as you became enthralled with the book. Perhaps it was because of the two stoy lines that were told or even the fact that as much...
  • Chris
    “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.”
  • may ❀
    i finished this book last night in a sobbing mess and i dont know if i'll ever recoverthis book was incredible. it follows two point of views, the first, a young syrian girl (12 years old i think) with synesthesia as she and her family have to escape the awful syrian crisis right after they moved back from america so they would be closer to their family and their culture. the second story takes place hundreds of years ago, following a young girl ...
  • Faith
    This book didn't work for me, but the things I disliked about it probably wouldn't bother a lot of people. I usually have a problem with dual timeline stories because one is generally more compelling than the other. That leaves me liking only half, at most, of a book. In this case, I just couldn't get interested in the fairy tale set 800 years in the past. The author switched between stories in the middle of chapters, which completely destroyed t...
  • Selena
    I received a free hardback copy of The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar from Goodreads for my honest review. This is a beautifully rich and moving novel. It is a story of two girls that are living eight hundred years apart. A Syrian refugee seeking safety and a adventurer apprenticed to a famous mapmaker It's the summer of 2011, and Nour's father just passed away from cancer. Her mother, a cartographer who creates maps, decides ...
  • Touchstone Books
    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.
  • Mel (Epic Reading)
    There are some books where words will never be able to adequately express the power and feelings within it's pages. The Map of Salt and Stars is one of these books. There feels like so much to say about how incredibly emotional this book is; and yet I struggle to find the words. The Set-upSplit into two stories, Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar tells us the story of a girl in the past who overcomes prejudice and hardships to become a great warrior. This...
  • Stephanie
    Thanks to Touchstone for sending me a copy to review!This novel follows the story lines of two girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour grew up in present day New York, but after the death of her father her family returned to Syria. Before long, they must flee their home as refugees. Eight hundred years earlier, Rawiya pretends to be a boy so she can be a prominent mapmaker's apprentice. Both girls set off on journeys, each mirroring the other to draw out th...
  • Libby
    In 'The Map of Salt and Stars' Nour’s father has died. Baba, buried in a hole in Manhatten, feels so lost to Nour that she loses her voice; her words go a journey in the earth trying to find her father. There are tears everywhere, thus the salt. As Zeyn Joukhadar writes about the grief of Nour’s family, salt is the code word for a palpable grief that permeates the air, showing up at every turn. Baba, a bridge builder, and Mama, a mapmaker, ha...
  • Katie.dorny
    This is a top read of 2018 for me 100%.Rafiwya and Nour are two young women who embark on life changing circumstances.Rafiwya embarks on an adventure to earn her fortune and provide for her family as an apprentice mapmaker whilst disgusting herself as a boy.Nour moves from Manhattan to Syria after her father dies. Her mother makes and sells beautiful maps. The story interweaves both their lives as they reflect one another in modern and historical...
  • Petra
    “The Syria I knew is in me somewhere. And I guess it’s in you too, in its own way.”This book is really beautifully written and I found myself getting emotional a few times while reading. I really appreciate that the writer didn't go into the politics of the situation in Syria and chose to focus instead on the humanitarian aspect. I also liked that some of the historical figures and the places they visit are real.
  • Inderjit Sanghera
    The narrator’s synesthesia suffuses the narrative with a harlequin array of colours; from the purple-hued breath of individuals she comes across to the glittering reflections of sunlight on cerulean sea, ‘The Map of Salt and Stars’ is a novel whose colouration reflects the world-view of Nour, her sense of despondence over the death of her father, her sense of isolation following her family’s re-migration to Syria and the chaos which ensue...
  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats
    Many thanks to Touchstone Books for my free copy of MAP OF SALT AND STARS by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar - all opinions are my own.This is a gorgeously written, heartbreaking, and inspiring story. It’s written with a unique perspective, not of a refugee figuring out life in America, but of a family who has to move back to Syria because of a tragic loss. Twelve-year-old Nour was born and raised in New York by two immigrant parents, but after her f...
  • Tania
    The salt breeze pours black water into me. It sinks deep, into a place I can't name, a place I can't chart.3.5 stars. Exquisite writing. I can't remember when last I read such beautiful descriptions. The author definitely has a way with words. She created such vivid, colourful images of all the places portrayed in the story. Nour's synesthesia also makes for very interesting descriptions. I felt deeply for everyone in her family, and the abrupt v...
  • RoseMary Achey
    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 cartogr...
  • Carol (Reading Ladies)
    4.5 stars. The Map of Salt and Stars is one of the best stories I’ve read this year. This diverse read is filled with poignant themes, unforgettable characters including two inspiring female protagonists, and beautiful writing. See more about why I loved this story by visiting my blog post!
  • Tara
    A gorgeous, smart novel that follows 12-year-old Nour through a harrowing journey to find safety after her city is bombed during the Syrian Civil War. I flagged many amazing passages and insightful sentences. Too many to mention. I encourage everyone to read this book to understand the plight of the refugee. Challenge yourself with this important work.
  • Naori
    I have not yet found the map to my words...when I do I will share them with you
  • luna ☾
    ➳Full review now posted.(This review can also be found on my blog!) “The land where your parents were born will always be in you. Words survive. Borders are nothing to words and blood.” 🌙 🧕—Muslim & Arab Reading Month #1 (this book features Arabs as well as hijabi women)[5/5] Trigger warning: attempted rape, violence, death.Did I finally, finally find the book that seemed to speak to me, rather than just narrate a story?Why yes....
  • Joy D
    In this beautifully written literary fiction, Nour, a girl of Syrian-American heritage, must relocate with her mother and two sisters to Syria after her father’s death. Upon settling into a new home in Syria, civil war breaks out. They begin a journey across the Middle East and North Africa in search of safe-haven. Nour’s father had often repeated a story to her, an ancient fable of a heroic girl and a mapmaker. This mystical story is interwo...