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“A Jewish female golem, a creature of clay, was created to be her master's wife, who was immigrating to 1899 America. When he dies during the voyage, the golem is overwhelmed by the surrounding thoughts that flood her consciousness. During the same time, a jinni, a citizen of the desert and creature of fire, is released from a metal flask in Little Syria, NYC, only to discoverer that he has no memory of how he got into the container and a unremovable metal bracelet preventing him to assume no shape but a human. Both supernatural creatures are befriended by older lonely men, a rabbi and a tinsmith, who take pity on the creatures and help them in their assimilation in the surrounding communities. Then one night, the two of them meet, each creature seeing the other for what they really are.
Although this author's debut novel possesses fantastical elements, this is not the primary focus of this historical novel. It is actually about two outsiders attempting to discover what it means to be human and to create a new world for themselves.
A story that holds you from cover to cover, it is one of my new favorites. I look forward to reading other novels by this author.