The Golem And the Jinni Helene Wecker's intoxicating fusion of fantasy and historical fiction, The Golem And the Jinni , follows two nonhuman creatures — one plucked from Jewish mythology,… The Golem And the Jinni Helene Wecker's intoxicating fusion of fantasy and historical fiction, The Golem And the Jinni , follows two nonhuman creatures — one plucked from Jewish mythology,… 2013-04-23 Fiction HarperCollins
Book Review

The Golem And the Jinni (2013)

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Apr 23, 2013; Writer: Helene Wecker; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: HarperCollins

Helene Wecker's intoxicating fusion of fantasy and historical fiction, The Golem And the Jinni, follows two nonhuman creatures — one plucked from Jewish mythology, the other from Arab legend — who land, quite unexpectedly, on the teeming streets of 19th-century NYC. The first is the Golem, a woman made of clay created by an old man skilled in dark kabbalistic arts. And the second is the Jinni, summoned from fire in the Syrian desert by a Bedouin mystic. Wecker's storytelling skills dazzle as she describes their arrival in the city, their constant struggles to pass as human, and the ways in which their paths parallel before finally intersecting late one night on the Bowery. The book's magic, filtered through the old-time hustle and bustle of the Lower East Side, lingers long after the final page. A

Originally posted May 01, 2013 Published in issue #1258 May 10, 2013 Order article reprints
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