The Golem and the Jinni (Paperback)

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In The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker has created an enchanting fairy tale of a novel grounded in turn-of-the-century Manhattan. Chava is a golem -- a woman made of clay -- brought to life in Poland. Ahmad is a jinni, imprisoned in his copper flask in the Syrian desert, and released in New York, yet still not entirely free. Part historical fiction, part fantastic tale, you will get lost in this delightful debut.

— From Kym recommends

May 2013 Indie Next List


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— Nick Petrulakis, Books Inc., Alameda, CA

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In The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899.

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free

Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker's debut novel The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062110848
ISBN-10: 0062110845
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: December 31st, 2013
Pages: 512
Language: English
Series: P.S.

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