The Golem and the Jinni is a historical fantasy by debut novelist Helene Wecker. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC so I’ve already read it! And I liked it so much I’d like to give a copy away to somebody else. Here’s the blurb:
In The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.
Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899.
Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free
Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker’s debut novel The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.
It’s being pitched as a cross between A Discovery of Witches and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. I haven’t read the former but I’m very familiar with the latter and I think the primary point of comparison is the historical nature of both. But Jonathan Strange has a sweeping scope and relies heavily on adding to known history. The Golem and the Jinni is far more personal in scope, describing a story that might have happened under our noses. It’s an intimate, beautiful look at the lives of only a few people both fantastic and mundane. And because I judge books quite a bit by their endings, I’ll add that it has an enormously satisfying conclusion, too– although I admit I’d happily read more books about the Golem and the Jinni.
I could go on– but I’d rather just give a copy away. I will give away one hardcover, shipped via Amazon, OR one ebook from the ebook vendor of your choice OR the audiobook (via Audible). Retweeting (or otherwise sharing) the giveaway with your friends will gain you additional entries. As far as I know, the book is currently only available in the United States, so the contest is only open to people with addresses in the US. The contest runs from now until 12:01 AM Saturday PST, and I’ll contact you when the contest is over.
ETA: The contest is now over and a winner has been chosen and notified! Everybody else, thanks for participating and I hope you’ll still check out the book!