The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

By Helene Wecker
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19.71 Hours 04/23/2013 unabridged
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Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. 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 this strange new place, the Golem and the Jinni try to fit in with their neighbors while masking their true natures. Surrounding them is a community of immigrants: the coffeehouse owner Maryam Faddoul, a pillar of wisdom and support for her Syrian neighbors; the solitary ice cream maker Saleh, a damaged man cursed by tragedy; the kind and caring Rabbi Meyer and his beleaguered nephew, Michael, whose Sheltering House receives newly arrived Jewish men; the adventurous young socialite Sophia Winston; and the enigmatic Joseph Schall, a dangerous man driven by ferocious ambition and esoteric wisdom. Meeting by chance, the two creatures 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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Summary

Summary

A USA Today bestseller

A 2013 Entertainment Weekly Best Book for Fiction

A 2013 New York Times Editor’s Choice

A New York Times bestseller

A Los Angeles Times bestseller

A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2013 in Fiction

An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013

An NPR bestseller

A 2014 Indies Choice Book Award Honoree for Adult Debut

Winner of the 2014 Mythopoeic Award for Best Adult Literature

Finalist for the 2014 Locus Award

Finalist for the 2013 Nebula Award for Best Novel

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013 in Fiction

A 2013 BookPage Best Book

Finalist for the 2014 Audie Award for Fiction

Selected for the May 2013 Indie Next List

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

An AudioFile Editors’ Pick in May 2013

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. 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 this strange new place, the Golem and the Jinni try to fit in with their neighbors while masking their true natures. Surrounding them is a community of immigrants: the coffeehouse owner Maryam Faddoul, a pillar of wisdom and support for her Syrian neighbors; the solitary ice cream maker Saleh, a damaged man cursed by tragedy; the kind and caring Rabbi Meyer and his beleaguered nephew, Michael, whose Sheltering House receives newly arrived Jewish men; the adventurous young socialite Sophia Winston; and the enigmatic Joseph Schall, a dangerous man driven by ferocious ambition and esoteric wisdom.

Meeting by chance, the two creatures 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“With the intimate feel of a story handed down from generation to generation…the novel 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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Life
“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, New York Times bestselling author of The Black Count
“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
“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
“An intoxicating fusion of fantasy and historical fiction…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
“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
“Masterful…utterly unique and enchanting.” Barnes & Noble, editorial review
“An inventive and utterly lovely story.” Washington Post
“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
“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
“A spellbinding blend of fantasy and historical fiction.” Publishers Weekly
“A fascinating blend of historical fiction and Jewish and Arab folklore.” Library Journal
“A mystical and highly original stroll through the sidewalks of New York.” Booklist
“Wecker writes skillfully, nicely evoking the layers of alienness that fall upon strangers in a strange land.” Kirkus Reviews

Reviews

Reviews

by Multikka 9/13/2017
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Unique and engaging

I found this book at a used book sale and it was love at first sight. I absolutely loved every syllable.
by CorayThan 9/13/2017
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Interesting book, not too exciting, but really good

This is my favorite kind of book. The magic is subtle, and the book is about great characters and human problems. One of my favorite books since I started listening to books on my runs.

The narrator is really good, although he's an older guy so it took me a little while to get used to some of his female voices.

Author

Author Bio: Helene Wecker

Helene Wecker grew up in Libertyville, Illinois, a small town north of Chicago, and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Carleton College in Minnesota. After graduating, she worked a number of marketing and communications jobs in Minneapolis and Seattle before deciding she wanted to write something longer than a press release. Accordingly, she moved to New York to pursue a master’s degree in fiction writing at Columbia University. She now lives near San Francisco with her husband and daughter.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Fantasy
Runtime: 19.71
Audience: Adult
Language: English