Helene Wecker, author of The Golem and the Jinni, on tour April/May 2013

Posted By on March 31, 2013

The Golem and the JinniAbout The Golem and the Jinni

• Hardcover: 496 pages
• Publisher: Harper (April 23, 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.

Helene WeckerAbout Helene Wecker

Helene Wecker received a B.A. from Carleton College in Minnesota and an M.F.A. from Columbia University in New York. A Chicago-area native who’s made her home in Minneapolis, Seattle, and New York, she now lives near San Francisco with her husband and daughter. The Golem and the Jinni is her first novel.

Visit Helene at her website, helenewecker.com, and connect with her on Facebook.

Helene’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, April 23rd: Let Them Read Books

Thursday, April 25th: Drey’s Library

Monday, April 29th: Unabridged Chick

Tuesday, April 30th: Books By Their Cover

Wednesday, May 1st: Ageless Pages Reviews

Monday, May 6th: Jenny Loves to Read

Tuesday, May 7th: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Wednesday, May 8th: Bibliophiliac

Tuesday, May 14th: Man of La Book

Wednesday, May 15th: I Read a Book Once

Monday, May 20th: Twisting the Lens

Tuesday, May 21st: A Bookworm’s World

Wednesday, May 22nd: Geek Banter

Thursday, May 23rd: Hooked on Books

Monday, May 27th: Fyrefly’s Book Blog

Monday, May 27th: Luxury Reading

Tuesday, May 28th: Just a World Away


One Response to “Helene Wecker, author of The Golem and the Jinni, on tour April/May 2013”

  1. Abria @ Read. Write. Disciss. says:

    I am so excited for this book to come out 🙂 It looks amazing.

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