Welcome to Cover Lover, where I share my favourite covers! Hannah of Once Upon a Time is the inventor of this particular “meme”, so head over there to see the covers she’s already shared.
My current read is The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker. I wish I was reading a real copy of it instead of the e-book – the cover is just beautiful!
At first I wondered, what on earth does the Arc de Triomph in Paris have to do with a story that alternates between New York and the Syrian desert? It took me a long while (and a wikipedia search) to realise that the arch in the image is actually the Washington Arch, in New York City! Obviously I need to brush up on my NYC geography (or take a holiday).
Both the US and UK (paperback?) covers are beautiful, wouldn’t you agree? I wonder why they’ve ended up with different title spellings.
UK – tbr in August 2013
Series: Stand alone
Published: HarperCollins, April 23, 2013
Goodreads Blurb for The Golem and the Jinni (abridged):
An immigrant tale that combines elements of Jewish and Arab folk mythology, Helene Wecker’s dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who arrive separately in New York in 1899.
Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master-the husband who commissioned her-dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she 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 by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free-an unbreakable band of iron around his wrist binds him to the physical world.
Marvelous and compulsively readable, The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.