We’ve picked three titles this time around, so feel free to read either (or all!)
We have The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker, The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly or The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin for the next discussion. For all attendees, requested copies have been set aside.
If you’re buying your book from Waterstones Doncaster, just tell a staff member that you’re with the book club, and they should know to take off the extra pound, disclaimer.
As always, Leilah’s keen to hear your suggestions for titles! Also, let her know if you have any dietary requests that she can pass on to Cast ahead of the next meet up. They’ve been wonderfully accommodating with staying on little later, and as Martin said, they’d be happy to try to accommodate out needs with a little notice!
The Golem and the Djinni, Helene Wecker
New York, 1899. Two strangers, one destiny. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life 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 in 1899. Ahmad is a djinni, 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 binds him to the physical world. The Golem & The Djinni is their magical, unforgettable story; unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures – until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.
Publisher: Blue Door
The Book of Lost Things, John Connolly
‘Once upon a time, there was a boy who lost his mother …’ As twelve-year-old David takes refuge from his grief in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds the real world and the fantasy world begin to blend. That is when bad things start to happen. That is when the Crooked Man comes. And David is violently propelled into a land populated by heroes, wolves and monsters, his quest to find the legendary Book of Lost Things.
Publisher: Hodder Paperback
The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry, Gabrielle Zevin
A.J. Fikry owns a failing bookshop. His wife has just died, in tragic circumstances. His rare and valuable first edition has been stolen. His life is a wreck. Amelia is a book rep, with a big heart, and a lonely life. Maya is the baby left on A.J.’s bookshop floor with a note. What happens in the bookshop that changes the lives of these seemingly normal but extraordinary characters? This is the story of how unexpected love can rescue you and bring you back to real life, in a world that you won’t want to leave, with characters that you will come to love.
Publisher: Little, Brown