The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
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