The Map of Salt and Stars

The story of a Syrian refugee family on their flight westward is paired with the fleshed-out legend of a 12th century girl the same age as the narrator. Imagining the story of Rawiya, whose apprenticeship to a mapmaker takes her through the same regions, and her super-powers and ingenuity, is enormously comforting to the modern girl. Poetry on every page, thanks to the narrator’s synesthesia-- and her childhood in New York City. A lovely book.

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