Book of the Month: The Golem and the Jinni

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

the golem and the jinni

Set in 1899, in the vividly described city of New York, The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker weaves together a story about identity, sense of place, and what it means to be an immigrant newly arrived and alone in a strange and foreign land. Made more poignant by her choice of protagonists, not only are the novel’s central figures outsiders in a new country, but supernatural creatures trying to find their way. The first is a golem, who was created out of clay to be the wife of her master who died on their journey to America. Second, is a jinni, a being of fire, trapped for a thousand years in a copper flask before being released into a new time and place. Both struggle to belong, but ultimately must join together against a powerful threat, which challenges their very existence, and will force from them a fateful choice. The Golem and the Jinni is available to reserve from the Haliburton County Public Library today.

* Originally published as a portion of “Reads of the Month” in The Haliburton Echo and The Minden Times

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