NNO Book Club: The Golem and the Jinni


Happy 2020 and welcome all – new and returning members alike!

It may be a new year, but we are still going strong reading a wide range of dystopian and speculative fiction, urban fantasy, science fiction and even the occasional non-fiction book about whatever nerdy thing happens to capture our members' imagination (current trends include epidemiology, foodways and food history, and astrophysics). As a book club, we are just as serious about the food as the book so expect to see a mix of different cuisines and locations across Greater Tampa Bay.

For our first read of 2020, join us for The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker.

***Book summary from Goodreads***
Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic, created to be the wife of a man who 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.

****This month's restaurant selection***
Cooper’s Hawk has lots of great food (and obviously wine, wine, wine – in addition to pages and pages of cocktails). They also seem to have a lunch menu available every day for those with smaller appetites (and perhaps smaller budgets). You can check out the options online – as well as their gluten-free menu.

***Not sure about book club or never been to one before? ***
Read the book (or some of the book). Come to the Meetup. Eat yummy food and chat with folks about what you thought about the book. REPEAT!

***Didn’t finish/hated this book?***
Come to the Meetup anyway! If you didn't finish - just be aware, there will be spoilers. If you hated it, come and rant! We have some of the best conversations about what we didn’t like about books!