This complex, imaginative debut is a curious blend of Yiddish mysticism and southwest Asian traditions. Chava is a golem, sculpted from clay and infused with life by kabalistic wizardry, cast adrift in New York when her master dies. Ahmad is a jinni trapped in a metal jug until an ironsmith unwittingly releases him. As Chava and Ahmad forge futures for themselves, forming friendships and enmity among their neighbors, their lives intersect in far-reaching ways. Touching on immortality and reincarnation, the story of this unlikely pair and their companions is really about what makes us human—our mistakes, compassion and our ability to love. Meticulously paced and full of twists, this is a beautiful combination of historical fiction, fantasy and spiritualism.