The Golem and the Jinni (2013) is an adult fairy tale and the debut novel of Helene Wecker. It is a story of immigration and cultural collisions that follows a golem, a mythical clay creature, in this case created by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in the dark arts, and a jinni (genie) who was born in the ancient Syrian desert and imprisoned in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard.
Chava, the golem, arrives in New York on a ship at the turn of the twentieth century. The master who commissioned her has died on the journey from Poland, and she is untethered. Ahmad, the jinni, is inadvertently released by a Lebanese tinsmith working in a section of lower Manhattan known as Little Syria. Although the jinni is no longer confined, he is still trapped in the physical world.
The fate of these two opposite creatures, he of fire and she of the earth, is linked, as this lengthy tale takes them into and through great adventures.