The golem is a creature of earth, commissioned by a dying man and brought to life by a witch. The Jinni, a being of fire and impulse, imprisoned in a bottle for centuries. When the two arrive, separately, in 1899 New York, they must assimilate or be discovered and, most likely, destroyed. A chance meeting between the two allows a curious and mutually beneficial friendship to ensue. Each will challenge the other and, if lucky, they will survive their circumstances which are revealed to be inexorably linked.
Blending elements of Jewish and Arab folk mythology, Helene Wecker’s debut novel is atmospheric, even (if slow) paced, and deftly written. This will appeal to fans of Morgenstern’s The Night Circus.