Brown University

The Golem and the Jinni

by Helene Wecker
Harper, December 2013   ISBN: 978-006211084-8
Price: $15.99

“I think I missed the deadline for May, but I'm a strong believer in better late than never. Sorry!!!  Helene Wecker’s debut novel, The Golem and the Jinni, takes a magical flight back to turn of the century New York.  The Golem is a woman cast from clay--the Jinni springs from fire.  Both are old world denizens in a very new world, a world and a time exquisitely rendered by Wecker.  And while the most obvious elements of the novel are fantastical, with much of its magic being dark, at its heart The Golem and the Jinni brims emotionally over with love and loss, with longing and what it means to belong--or not.  Wecker is part novelist, part alchemist--leaving the reader to wonder how she gave such vibrant life to her characters."--Nick Petrulakis, Books Inc., Alameda, CA

May 2013 Indie Next List (hc)