'The Golem and the Jinni'
Published on Friday, March 21, 2014 - 2:46pm
Chava is a golem made to be a companion for a man who dies soon after her creation. Ahmad is a jinni accidentally released from his flask by a shocked tinsmith. Both are unprepared for life in New York City in 1899, yet that is where they soon find themselves — and, eventually, encounter each other — in Helene Wecker's 2013 novel, The Golem and the Jinni.
Drawing from Jewish folklore, Arabic mythology, and U.S. history, Wecker follows her unique main characters as they try to navigate their new surroundings — a feat complicated both by their fantastic natures and their status as immigrants. Even in their own eventual relationship, belonging proves a challenge for Chava and Ahmad, and Wecker’s novel becomes as much about self-understanding and the barriers to connection as it does about the supernatural threat that ultimately endangers the pair.
Join the Georgetown Book Club as we discuss The Golem and the Jinni on Thursday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. Copies are currently available at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, and everyone is welcome!
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the library at 202-727-0232.