Helene Wecker with Ellen Kushner - The Hidden Palace (Online Event)

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 5:30pm


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Book Passage Presents

Thurs., June 10th, 2021 • 5:30pm PT • Live • Online

In conversation with Ellen Kushner • Signed copies available!

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In this enthralling historical epic in the years leading to World War I—the long-awaited follow-up to the acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Golem and the Jinni—Helene Wecker revisits her beloved characters Chava and Ahmad as they confront unexpected new challenges in a rapidly changing human world.

Chava is a golem, a woman made of clay, who can hear the thoughts and longings of those around her and feels compelled by her nature to help them. Ahmad is a jinni, a restless creature of fire, once free to roam the desert but now imprisoned in the shape of a man. Fearing they’ll be exposed as monsters, these magical beings hide their true selves and try to pass as human—just two more immigrants in the bustling world of 1900s Manhattan. Brought together under calamitous circumstances, their lives are now entwined—but they’re not yet certain of what they mean to each other.

Both Chava and Ahmad have changed the lives of the people around them. Park Avenue heiress Sophia Winston, whose brief encounter with Ahmad left her with a strange illness that makes her shiver with cold, travels to the Middle East to seek a cure. There she meets Dima, a tempestuous female jinni who’s been banished from her tribe. Back in New York, in a tenement on the Lower East Side, a little girl named Kreindel helps her rabbi father build a golem they name Yossele—not knowing that she’s about to be sent to an orphanage uptown, where the hulking Yossele will become her only friend and protector.

Spanning the tumultuous years from the turn of the twentieth century to the beginning of World War I, The Hidden Palace follows these lives and others as they collide and interleave. Can Chava and Ahmad find their places in the human world while remaining true to each other? Or will their opposing natures and desires eventually tear them apart—especially once they encounter, thrillingly, other beings like themselves?

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.

Ellen Kushner is the award-winning author of the cult classic Swordspoint: a Melodrama of Manners, and other unclassifiable novels that move in the interstices of popular genres. Known for many years as the host and writer of public radio’s similarly unclassifiable series Sound & Spirit—which Bill Moyers called “the best thing on public,” and caused listeners to say “She’s Elvis to hippie librarians!”—Kushner went on to record her novels as audiobooks for Neil Gaiman Presents/Audible, winning an Audie Award for Swordspoint, and to create children’s theater based on Jewish mythic themes for young audiences. She lives in New York City with her wife, author and educator Delia Sherman, and a great many theater and airplane ticket stubs she just can’t bear to throw out. @EllenKushner

 

Helene Wecker photo by Kareem Kazkaz; Ellen Kushner photo by Lawry Photography

 

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The Hidden Palace: A Novel of the Golem and the Jinni Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062468710
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Published: Harper - June 8th, 2021

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The Golden Dreidel Cover Image
By Ellen Kushner, Kevin Keele (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781623541446
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Published: Charlesbridge - September 14th, 2021