FIC: Map of Salt & Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

September: Fiction Pick

This book is a bit too long, but is a good read.  It is two stories, written in alternating chapters.  One tells a tale from 800 years ago, when the Norman King of Sicily commissioned a famous cartographer to make a map of the area from Syria, across North Africa, to the land opposite Gibraltar.  The other story is of a modern Syrian family, where the mother is a mapmaker, making a journey across similar terrain. The narrator in both stories is a young woman. A little bit of fantasy in it.  Stays in the mind.

Judith

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