Noon, February 13th– January’s Common Reader meets the second Wednesday of the month at Noon in the Fellowship Hall at Church. Bring your sack lunch and enjoy good fellowship & good conversation. As always, the group is open to all readers. However, reading the book is not a requirement. Join us.
In The Golem and the Jinni, 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 and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. 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
Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker’s debut novel 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.
We meet the 2nd Wednesday at Noon at Church and bring our lunch. Open to all. Reading the book is not a per-requisite.