Have you ever read a book that was so good you didn't want it to end? That is how I felt about The Golem and the Jinni. I read each page, at once entranced by the amazing story and well-written characters, while also saddened that each page brought me closer to the end. Wecker weaves together a beautiful story, full of complex and interesting characters, poignant moments, inner struggle, and one of the most perfect endings I've ever read. She expertly blends the realms of magic and imagination with the world of turn-of-the-century New York City. Perfect for lovers of imaginative fiction, or anyone who enjoys a good story, The Golem and the Jinni will not disappoint.— JESSIE'S STAFF PICKS
A woman fashioned from mud by a Jewish magician and a jinni under a spell who can only access a fraction of his natural powers--each of these fantastical but believable creatures must find themselves a way to survive in New York City--she among the Orthodox Jews, he among the Muslim immigrant community. At the start, their stories are told in parallel narratives, but there's no doubt that the threads will connect and intertwine before too long. A totally absorbing tale of alienation, compassion, frustration, suspense, and romance. Enhanced by a memorable cast of supporting actors, we are given deep insights into the Islamic and Judaic traditions plus a helluva good read.— BOB'S STAFF PICKS
May 2013 Indie Next List
— Nick Petrulakis, Books Inc., Alameda, CA
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.
“With a delightful blend of the prosaic and the fanciful, THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI explores what it means to be human as Chava and Ahmad struggle to live and find love while overcoming the powerful adversary who threatens to destroy them.”
-Deborah Harkness, author of A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES