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The Golem and the Jinni

The Golem and the Jinni

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By (author) Helene Wecker

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  • Publisher: HARPER PERENNIAL
  • Format: Paperback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 30mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 31 December 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0062110845
  • ISBN 13: 9780062110848
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 24,561

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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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"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