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The Hidden Palace: A Novel of the Golem and the Jinni by [Helene Wecker]

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“A layered novel of many complex characters, including even richer developments of the golem Chava and the jinni AhmadTo keep their worlds safe, Chava and Ahmad must access both their greatest supernatural powers and their deepest human impulses. -- Historical Novels Review

“A blend of romance, Mary Shelley-esque horror, and folklore. . . . Wecker skillfully combines the storylines of Chava the Golem and Ahmad the Jinni and numerous other players, good and evil, in an enchanting tale that pleases on every page.”                            --
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“Impressive…storytelling à la Dickens…A satisfying, mature sequel to 
The Golem and the Jinni, continuing the magical story of two immigrant mythological characters from the turn of the 20th century to the outbreak of WWI.”                           -- Publishers Weekly

"Richly nuanced and beautiful.  . . . Wecker skillfully draws together these disparate lives and characters in an immersive and magical tale of loneliness, love, and finding hope.” -- Buzzfeed

“In Wecker’s novel, real-life events—the sinking of the 
Titanic, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire or the Great War—have an inexorable impact on mortal and supernatural characters alike. From one crisis to the next, a strange and unbreakable alliance develops among many persons and elemental creatures, burgeoning into something even more marvelous. . . . Fans of The Golem and the Jinni have waited eight years for this sequel. It has been worth the wait.”  -- BookPage (starred review)

"A measured, gorgeous, character-driven fantasy." --

The Hidden Palace recaptures the assured voice, the delicate magic, the solid historical verisimilitude, and engaging interplay of personalities of The Golem andthe Jinni…But Wecker deepens, extends, and culminates all the story arcs, leaving the reader very satisfied.”           -- Locus

“A rich literary novel that digs into what it means to be human, by setting up a series of meaningful contrasts from characters who aren’t."
Polygon Best Fantasy & Science Fiction Novel of the Year

“One of the delights of 
The Hidden Palace is that it traverses many genres as it continues the tale of the unlikely friendship between Chava Levy, a golem, and Ahmad al-Hadid, a jinni…A work of fantasy, historical fiction, modern-day mythology or even romance…A gem deserving a wide readership.” -- Hadassah Magazine --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Helene Wecker received a BA from Carleton College in Minnesota and an MFA from Columbia University in New York. A Chicago-area native who has made her home in Minneapolis, Seattle, and New York, she now lives near San Francisco with her husband and daughter. The Golem and the Jinni is her first novel.

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B075WS4G4K
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper (June 8 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4326 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 480 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0063217384
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Helene Wecker’s first novel, THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI, was awarded the Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature, the VCU Cabell Award for First Novel, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize, and was nominated for a Nebula Award and a World Fantasy Award. A sequel, THE HIDDEN PALACE: A TALE OF THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI, will be published in June 2021. A Midwest native, she holds a B.A. in English from Carleton College and an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in literary journals such as Joyland and Catamaran, as well as the fantasy anthology The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and children.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable tale, beautifully told
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rambling and directionless compared to the first book
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