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The Golem and the Jinni

(2013)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book
Nebula Awards Best Novel (nominee)
World Fantasy Best Novel (nominee)
Audie Award Finalist, Fiction, 2014

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

Genre: Fantasy

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August 2013 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Golem and the Djinni
Author(s): Helene Wecker
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April 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel
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2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Golem and the Djinni
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December 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel (P.S.)
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April 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel
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April 2013 : USA Paperback
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April 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Golem and the Djinni
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July 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Golem and the Jinni
Author(s): Helene Wecker
ISBN: 1-4830-0534-8 / 978-1-4830-0534-8 (USA edition)
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July 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Golem and the Jinni Lib/E
Author(s): Helene Wecker
ISBN: 1-4830-0533-X / 978-1-4830-0533-1 (USA edition)
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August 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Golem and the Djinni
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April 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel
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Title: The Golem and the Djinni
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