Helene Wecker: The Hidden Palace

We are delighted to join with Evanston, Glencoe, Highland Park, Mount Prospect, Wilmette, and Winnetka Public Libraries to present a program with Helene Wecker, author of the acclaimed novel The Golem and the Jinni. Now she's written the long-awaited sequel, The Hidden Palace. Ms. Wecker will be in conversation with acclaimed fantasy writer Kat Howard! This virtual event is free and open to the public--register HERE to reserve your spot!

We'll have a limited number of signed copies of The Hidden Palace available--order now!

About the Book: "A blend of romance, Mary Shelley-esque horror, and folklore.... Wecker skillfully combines the storylines of Chava the Golem and Ahmad the Jinni and numerous other players, good and evil, in an enchanting tale that pleases on every page." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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?

About the Author:  A Midwest native, Helene Wecker holds a B.A. in English from Carleton College and an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in literary journals such as Joyland and Catamaran, as well as in the fantasy anthology The Djnn Falls in Love and Other Stories. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and children.  

About Kat Howard: She is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and comics who lives and writes in New Hampshire. Her most recent novel,  An Unkindness of Magicians, was named a best book of 2017 by NPR, and won a 2018 Alex Award, and her next novel will be its sequel, A Sleight of Shadows. She has also published award-nominated short fiction, some of which you can find in her collection, A Cathedral of Myth and Bone, and she wrote the first 18 issues of The Books of Magic, part of DC Comics' Sandman Universe.


Event date: 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Crowdcast event!
The Hidden Palace: A Novel of the Golem and the Jinni Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062468710
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Harper - June 8th, 2021

"Richly nuanced and beautiful. . . . An immersive and magical tale of loneliness, love, and finding hope.” (Buzzfeed)

“A layered novel of many complex characters…To keep their worlds safe, Chava and Ahmad must access both their greatest supernatural powers and their deepest human impulses.” (Historical Novels Review)