The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Walker was recommended to me by Emily. (You should check out her blog by the way, it’s a pretty cool place.) I bought the audiobook with my Audible credit and it quickly became one of my favorites!
Chava is a golem who was given life on board an immigrant ship heading to America. A golem is a creature made of clay, mostly used as a servant bound to its master. On the passage to America, Chava’s master dies. She finds herself all alone in the bustle of New York City.
Ahmad is a jinni who has been trapped inside a bottle for thousands of years. When his bottle goes in for repairs, Ahmad is released from his small prison. But he is still bound in human form by the iron cuff on his wrist.
Both Chava and Ahmad try their best to pass as humans, but this is easier said than done. Their paths are destined to cross and the two become friends with a close connection.
The Golem and The Jinni had a slow start, but the read is so worth it. I got sucked into the story and didn’t want to stop listening. The writing was excellent. I loved the magical realism Walker brought to the story and it was done really well.
I found myself walking the streets of New York, being an immigrant, trying to fit in. The story was so real and relevant on so many levels. It covers immigration, starting over, struggling to make a new life, etc. This book really should be required reading in schools.
For this beautiful, fantasy novel The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Walker receives 4.5 stars.
Thank you Emily for the excellent recommendation!
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