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The two main characters are a newly 'born' female Golem who was created to be a wife to an emigrating Jewish master who dies while on the voyage to New York and a male Jinni who after millennium trapped in a flask is freed by a Syrian metalsmith. The larger story unfolds slowly weaving in smaller bits related to the Jinni's back story. The polar natures of the pair make their unlikely friendship interesting - she's solid and conservative, a creature sculpted from clay and very new to the world, he's fiery, restless and ages old, and rankles at having to hide who he is. The supporting characters are also very interesting and the night time ramblings of the pair give a picture of the New York of this era.
The Golem and the Jinni is meanderingly paced - and each of the characters and their situations are firmly established before they finally stumble across each other - but it is an enjoyable meander(with just the barest promise of romance.)
Astonishing stories of about 10 separate people -- either supernatural beings passing as ordinary or realistically human from both salt-of-the-earth or affluent backgrounds -- who eventually begin to weave into one exciting thread.
Great historical background of Eastern European communities as well as Little Syria and Jewish communities in and around New York City in the 1890s.
I have no idea whether it's accurate or not when the book describes Bedouin communities from long-ago centuries. But I sure enjoyed reading those passages.
Phenomenal female AND male characters. That's something that is much less common these days.
There is a successful attempt to describe how creativity works for people who are artisans/artist. Usually I find that sort of thing cloying. But not in this book.
And for the cherry on top, There is a subtle but very satisfying love story.
So much of the book involves plot twists, however, that to describe more of the story would be to get into the realm of spoilers.
The way the story weaves and unravels is breathtaking and I found myself so engrossed in its pages that there was a sense of loss when I finished. Rarely does a book leave me feeling this way (and I read a LOT of books). This was not a book I would typically pick up to read, I somewhat reluctantly started it expecting to not make it through 50 pages and a week later I couldn't stop recommending it to people.
I'm writing this now because I could not be prouder of it being nominated for a Nebula Award - so deserving and so impressive to me that it was recognized (as it should be). It's a wonderfully special book and it deserves all the praise and more.
I look forward to reading the author’s next book and fully expect the writing to be tighter.