The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

The Golem and the Jinni - Helene Wecker While I was first drawn to this book by the cover - which is beautiful and very different from the current trends in book cover designs - the combination of historical fiction, folklore, romance, and mystery kept my attention throughout its ~500 pages.

Wonderfully crafted characters, lush (but not flowery) prose, and the realistic way in which the supernatural elements were presented showed a mature writing style that is rarely seen in a debut novel. The storyline is enhanced by philosophical questions about identity, hope, humanity and free will to create an insightful, moving read that is reminiscent of a fairytale.

This review can also be found at The In-Between Place.