The Golem and the Jinni - Helene Wecker

The Golem and the Jinni (HarperCollins, $26.99) is an utterly captivating and descriptively evocative historical novel. Chava and Ahmad are folkloric beings who, at the close of the 19th century, have unwittingly accompanied new immigrants from Poland and Syria to New York City. Upon arrival, when each finds himself alone in this incomprehensible foreign land, the golem, Chava, reacts with caution and tries to blend into the Jewish community, while the jinni, Ahmad, chafes at the restrictions and wishes to recapture his former glory. As with any new immigrants, this pair finds the journey enriched by companionship with those they meet, exploration of how they came there, and the dangers and discoveries their destiny reveals. This debut fiction by Helene Wecker will be enthusiastically embraced by fans of The Night Circus, Let the Great World Spin, and The Invisible Bridge.

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ISBN: 9780062110848
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 31st, 2013

Ghost Moth - Michele Forbes

In 1949 Katherine is starring in a local Belfast production of Carmen and hoping for a career on the stage. She’s engaged to one man, in love with another. Cut to 1969. Katherine has married her fiancé and has four children. Seemingly content with domestic life, she hasn’t sung in years. What happened? Like the elusive Ghost Moth (Bellevue, $14.95), Katherine’s passion is still in the air; or, in Irish actress Michéle Forbes’s deftly constructed first novel, still lurking just below the surface—along with the simmering sectarian tensions already beginning to claim lives. Using two intertwining time lines, the narrative chronicles Katherine’s passage from one role to the next as she replaces dreams with an enduring love. Forbes has an impeccable sense of pacing, building scenes from small details and evoking larger themes from a network of recurring images. While writing about life’s dramas, Forbes refuses to overdramatize her material—making the book’s revelations all the more powerful for that.
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ISBN: 9781934137604
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Published: Bellevue Literary Press - April 16th, 2013

Capital - John Lanchester

Set on the fictional Pepys Road on London’s South Bank, where real estate prices are on the rise but the fortunes of its inhabitants are in flux, John Lanchester’s Capital (W.W. Norton, $15.95) offers a panoramic view of the city’s denizens during the financial crisis, each chapter swooping into another life and its story. Lanchester paints sympathetic portraits of every character, from the shopaholic wife of a foreign-currency trader to an aimless Pakistani immigrant dissatisfied with working at this brother’s corner shop. These narratives are ultimately woven together to bring to life a contemplative and rich modern London.
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ISBN: 9780393345094
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 28th, 2013