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CBE Book Group

September 26, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

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. 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.  They become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, this debut novel weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.


September 26, 2017
7:30 pm
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Congregation Beth Elohim


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