The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Please join us and discuss this month's title The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. This book was's best book of the month in April 2013 and has received high acclaim from several sources, notably the Jewish and historical fiction communities.

As excerpted from Amazon: "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."

Find your copy on Amazon here or from the Houston Public LIbrary here

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  • Ben C.

    Awesome to meet so many fellow sci-fi and fantasy readers! And it sounds like much more to come!

    March 10, 2014

  • Rachel P.

    Ok I'm here, where are you guys?

    March 9, 2014

    • Ben C.

      We're here, it's just a full house again tonight :-/

      March 9, 2014

  • Ben C.

    Don't forget about Daylight Time Savings today folks. We lose an hour in the spring.

    March 9, 2014

  • Marissa

    Can you tell me what the next book will be?

    March 8, 2014

    • Ben C.

      The next book the group will be reading is Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson.

      1 · March 9, 2014

  • Kelli

    Just joined the group, but I won't be able to make this meeting. I'm bummed, because I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I look forward to meeting y'all another time!

    2 · March 5, 2014

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