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The Golem and the Jinni (Reprint) (Paperback) by Helene Wecker

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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."



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"An intoxicating fusion of fantasy and historical fiction. . . . Wecker's storytelling skills dazzle. --Entertainment Weekly

A marvelous and absorbing debut novel about a chance meeting between two supernatural creatures in turn-of-the-century immigrant New York.

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay by a disgraced rabbi knowledgeable in the ways of dark Kabbalistic magic. She serves as the wife to a Polish merchant who dies at sea on the voyage to America. As the ship arrives in New York in 1899, Chava is unmoored and adrift until a rabbi on the Lower East Side recognizes her for the creature she is and takes her in.

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert and trapped centuries ago in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard. Released by a Syrian tinsmith in a Manhattan shop, Ahmad appears in human form but is still not free. An iron band around his wrist binds him to the wizard and to the physical world.

Chava and Ahmad meet accidentally and become friends and soul mates despite their opposing natures. But when the golem's violent nature overtakes her one evening, their bond is challenged. An even more powerful threat will emerge, however, and bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their very existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.

Compulsively readable, The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, in a wondrously inventive tale that is mesmerizing and unforgettable.



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Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

Struggling to make their way in 1899 New York, the Golem and the Jinni try to fit in with their immigrant neighbors while masking their true selves. Meeting by chance, they become unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures, until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful menace will soon bring the Golem and the Jinni together again, threatening their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.

Marvelous and compulsively readable, The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of folk mythology, historical fiction, and magical fable into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.



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"[A] spellbinding blend of fantasy and historical fiction."--Publishers Weekly

"An intoxicating fusion of fantasy and historical fiction. . . . Wecker's storytelling skills dazzle...The book's magic, filtered through the old-time hustle and bustle of the Lower East Side, lingers long after the final page." Grade: A--Entertainment Weekly

"An inventive and utterly lovely story. . . . The golem and the jinni. . . are among my favorite fictional people I spent time with this spring. . . . Wecker is a gifted new voice. . . . I'm glad that her talents have been set free in this novel."--Chris Bohjalian, Washington Post

"From its eerie opening pages to its shattering conclusion, The Golem and the Jinni is an astonishing debut novel that sweeps us into a gaslit alternate reality rich enough to get lost in."--Tom Reiss, author of The Orientalist and The Black Count


"Her story is so inventive, so elegantly written, so well-constructed, it is hard to believe that it is her first novel. . . . The book is so good that I wonder if there was some other-worldly power involved in its creation."--Jewish Daily Forward

"History, magic and religion braid together in old New York's tenements. . . . The interplay of loyalties and the struggle to assert reason over emotion keep the pages flipping."--New York Times Book Review

"In the best instances, you don't merely read a book--you dive in and happily immerse yourself, forgetting the troubles of daily life for a while. The Golem and the Jinni offers just such an absorbing experience. "--USA Today

"Inventive, elegantly written and well-constructed...It's hard to believe this is a first novel. Clearly, otherworldly forces were involved...the story is so complex and intricately woven that it does not lend itself to summary. It would be like pulling threads from a finely crafted garment to describe the whole."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"It sounds like the setup for a really strange joke: 'A golem and a jinni walk into a bakery in early 19th-century New York....' But this debut novel--part fantastic tale, part historical fiction--is one of the most highly anticipated fiction releases of the spring."--Christian Science Monitor

"Original and fresh. . . . A fascinating blend of historical fiction and Jewish and Arab folklore"--Library Journal

"Set against the vivid backdrop of New York City's immigrant neighborhoods in the late 19th century, Helene Wecker's tale of two fabled creatures has the intimate feel of a story handed down from generation to generation. 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

"The author makes you care enough about the humanity of these magical spirits to not only see them through to the end but also to regret that you've reached the last page."--New York Times

"The most exciting fantasy debut since Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell. Helene Wecker must be a born writer; there is no other way to account for the quality of her prose, as phenomenal as any of the supernatural wonders she delivers in the glorious The Golem and the Jinni."--BookPage

"The premise is so fresh. . . . A mystical and highly original stroll through the sidewalks of New York."--Booklist

"Wecker begins with a juicy premise. . . and great adventures ensue. . . . She writes skillfully, nicely evoking the layers of alienness that fall upon strangers in a strange land."--Kirkus Reviews

"Wecker maintains her novel's originality as she orchestrates a satisfying and unpredictable ending. The Golem and the Jinni is a continuous delight -- provocative, atmospheric, and superbly paced. "--Boston Globe

"One of the joys of the novel is in watching two strangers develop a relationship that, while it's rooted in their shared magical natures, echoes the way ordinary humans can form bonds starting with a random encounter on a busy street."--Dallas Morning News

"THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI is recommended to adults who enjoy a good story and have a childlike sense of make-believe."--New York Journal of Books

"A dazzling debut...You'll be hooked by the vivid interplay of historical fiction, magical fable, and philosophical musing and the colorful supporting cast...Read it in one long, guilt-free gulp (it's serious literature!)."--San Francisco magazine

"Magical thinking comes alive in an enchanting allegory of the immigrant experience as two mythical beings try to make sense of themselves and the world around them."--Family Circle Magazine

"The tale is meant to be magical, and it is, but Wecker's real sleight of pen is recreating Manhattan as it was then. She has a historian's grasp of detail and a novelist's flair."--New York Daily News
Dimensions (Overall): 8.2 Inches (H) x 5.5 Inches (W) x 1.2 Inches (D)
Weight: 1 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 512
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Jewish, Social Issues / Friendship, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Literary
Publisher: HARPER COLLINS
Format: Paperback
Author: Helene Wecker
Language: English
Street Date: July 28, 2016
TCIN: 14833966
UPC: 9780062110848
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-4812
Origin: Made in the USA
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