“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!
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Eva's stories are lyrical in their telling: vignettes that are at once fantastical and yet universal in their relating to the human condition.
First You Jump brought me to new levels and more open perceptions on life, love, and the world. An eye-opening chance to unlock my perspectives.
Eva Moon is a master of dramatic juxtaposition: Taking a fantastic situation and dropping a struggling human in the middle. Tom Stoppard's wit, but with a profound soul and heart.
First You Jump” provokes thought and conversation. Moon’s talent at creating these worlds by using magical realism helps us explore human truths.
Funny and sad in perfect balance, it made me laugh and cry, sometimes both at once! Eva is a force of nature full of wisdom and musical comedy.
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.
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 sent me on a roller coaster of emotions, from tears to laughing my head off. It was humbling to be part of Eva's story and I felt like I was living her journey with her.
Such raw emotion and intimacy that you wonder if you've wandered into a room where you overhear her innermost thoughts on life, death, and the beauty of the human spirit.