The Golem and the Jinni (Large Print / Paperback)

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Don't be fooled by this
title! While the main characters in this wonderful tale by debut
novelist Helene Wecker are mythical, the novel cannot be considered
sci-fi or fantasy. Rooted deeply in Arabic and Jewish folklore, you
revisit New York City, circa 1899, where you meet Chava and Ahmad.
Chava is a golem, a clay figure brought to life by magic, and Ahmad is a
genie (or jinni, both spellings are acceptable). According to myth, a
golem must have a master in order to live and not be ruled by his or her
baser urges, but Chava's master passed away on her voyage to America,
leaving her newly born and without a master to serve. Ahmad, a once
trapped jinni, finds himself in human form again... but without any of
his traditional magical skills. Chava and Ahmad find themselves taken
in by a Rabbi and a tinsmith who help them navigate life in a land
completely unfamiliar to them. Drawn together by chance, Ahmad and
Chava become an unlikely duo who explore New York and humanity and try
to discover where they fit within this new world. This is a brilliantly
told tale that will leave you wanting to know where Ahmad and Chava's
journey takes them next. Not to be missed!

— Bess


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: 9780062253828
ISBN-10: 0062253824
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: HarperLuxe
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2013
Pages: 816
Language: English

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