?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