“The Golem and the Jinni” by Helene Wecker is about two mythological creatures: Chava, a golem made of clay and brought to life by an evil rabbi, and Ahmad, a jinni freed from his bottle after a thousand years. They become unlikely friends and help each other survive the harsh life in the early 20th century New York immigrant tenements. Wecker’s background blends Jewish and Arabic cultures and it shows, in the beautiful way she weaves the richness of both into the tapestry of American immigrant life. A sequel is coming out soon and I can’t wait to read it!
...so much raw emotion and intimacy that you may wonder whether you have accidentally wandered into a room where you overhear her innermost thoughts. It is about life, it is about death, and it is about the beauty of the human spirit, a must-see.
Eva's show sent me on a roller coaster of emotions, from tears in the eyes to laughing my head off. It was humbling to be part of Eva's story and I felt like I was living through her journey with her.
No matter how many people are in the audience with you, you are left feeling like you have just had a chat with a friend and shared something quite personal.
It’s a human story, it’s a woman’s story, told with music, warmth and humour. See this show – you’ll remember Eva Moon and her piano for a long time.
Funny and sad in perfect balance, it made me laugh and cry, sometimes both at once! Eva is a one-woman force of nature full of wisdom and musical comedy and she'll leave you feeling optimistic whatever you face.
First You Jump” provokes thought and conversation. Moon’s talent at creating these worlds by using magical realism helps us explore human truths.
Eva Moon is a master of dramatic juxtaposition: Taking a fantastic situation and dropping a struggling human right in the middle. The last time I felt this was in Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing." She has his wit, but with such a profound soul and heart.
First You Jump brought me to new levels and more open perceptions on life, love and the world. They were eye-opening and gave me a chance to unlock my perspectives.
Eva's stories are almost lyrical in their telling: vignettes that are at once fantastical and yet almost universal in their relating to the human condition.