For fans of THE KITE RUNNER, a magical yet very moving story of one young Syrian girl's journey to find her way home.
In 2011, the peace of the Syrian city of Homs is disturbed by protests and shelling. A young girl, Nour, is forced to flee across the Levant and North Africa in search of safety.
800 years before, Rawiya, disguised as a boy and apprenticed to a famous map maker, set out on an epic quest to chart the globe, following the very same route.
In The Map of Salt & Stars, the tales of these two heroines coming of age in perilous times interweave, and shine a light on a country in turmoil, human resilience and the power of stories.
Full of tension and love and danger. This is a beautifully told, magical novel about journeys and finding your way home. - STYLIST
A gorgeous and timely story - THE ARAB DAILY NEWS
Joukhadar's prose is like a dream, which is fitting for this pair of stories, one drawn from fantastical legend, the other from nightmarish current events from which Syria has yet to awaken. - SEATTLE TIMES
Zeyn Joukhadar is a Syrian American author, and a member of the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI). Originally from New York City, Zeyn was born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother. After earning his PhD in the Pathobiology Graduate Program at Brown University, he worked as a biomedical research scientist before switching careers to pursue writing full time. Zeyn's short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in THE KENYON REVIEW, THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, PANK MAGAZINE, GULF STREAM LITERARY MAGAZINE, THE NORMAL SCHOOL, and elsewhere. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net. He has also previously published work under the name Jennifer Zeynab Maccani.