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Publisher Description

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.

Fiction & Literature
April 23

Customer Reviews

Merilalla ,

A fascinating read

This was a very entertaining a d thought provocative book. Told in a way reminiscent of A 1001 Arabian Nights at points, while delving nin lesser known Jewish dark arts. The authors attention to detail is exquisite, if at times a bit winded.The characters are lively, colorful and captivating, and she manages to infuse such realism into her fantastical creatures that the reader cant help but cheer them on and wish fora happy ending to their severely thwarted lives.i hope this ois the first of many more great reads from this very talented writer.

Random Poet ,

One of the best books I ever read

(Slight spoilers)

Of nearly all the books I’ve read, The Golem and the Jinni was the most addictive. A compelling plot made magical by the mythology of Middle Eastern and Jewish folklore, Helen Wecker weaved a fictional story that was impossible to put down. Each character, no matter how minute, was interesting and loveable. The cultures involved were portrayed accurately and even exquisitely. The semi romantic friendship between Chava and Ahmed was a joy to see develop, and reading the ending brought tears to my eyes. I was so depressed when I’d finished it, because I knew it would be hard to find another book I’d enjoyed so much.
This is a great book for someone who is just started out reading, or just anyone who has a whole day or 2 to sit down somewhere cozy and get sucked into another world.


Great Storytelling

This is amazing writing. I have never read a story quite like it. It brings so much in to question, beliefs, faiths, religions, etc. It takes place during a time when people had to go between Europe and America by ship and women didn't go around unchaperoned. It mostly has a realistic feel with a few big exceptions. The two main characters aren't human. There are also magicians and such. It's pretty low on the low fantasy scale, but at the same time those fantastical elements are what the whole plot is about.

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