Speculative fiction is a broad umbrella category of narrative fiction referring to any fiction story that includes elements, settings and characters whose features are created out of imagination and speculation rather than based on attested reality and everyday life. That encompasses the genres of science fiction, fantasy, science fantasy, horror, alternative history, and magic realism.
The novel is set during the World War I era and continues the story of Chava (the golem) and Ahmad (the jinni) who encounter other beings of their own kind, only to realize that their close ties to human beings have forever altered them.
Helene Wecker received a B.A. from Carleton College in
Minnesota, and an M.F.A. from Columbia University in New York. A
Chicago-area native who’s made her home in Minneapolis, Seattle, and New
York, she now lives near San Francisco with her husband and daughter.