Waiting on Wednesday is a blog meme hosted by Jill over atBreaking the Spine to spotlight upcoming books.
This week's WoW selection is:
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
Date: April 23, 2013
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.
If the early reviews are any indication this is going to be a very good book. I'm intrigued by Wecker's use of Jewish and Arab folklore and I think it'll be a nice change from the current crop of dystopian/vampire/werewolf fiction that seems to be everywhere these days.