The Golem and the Jinni (Hardcover)

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This story drew me in and transported me to a place I didn't want to leave. The setting is turn of the century New York where two mythical beings are struggling to make their way in the world. I kept thinking about my great grandparents in New York at the same time and the struggles people endured every day. The connection with the characters and the story was vivid. I was reminded why I love to read and why I love my job. I'm looking forward to putting this one into people's hands.

— From Patti H.

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.

Praise For…

“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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062110831
ISBN-10: 0062110837
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2013
Pages: 496
Language: English