Study Guide

The Golem and the Jinni Friendship

By Helene Wecker


New York City is a great place to make new friends—just look at the tight friendship foursomes in Sex and the City or Girls. There's no way to survive in the Big Apple on your own, so you have to make a support network. Your friends might not share all the same values and interests with you, but you should at least complement each other well. It's all about teamwork, you know? This is certainly true in The Golem and the Jinni. Even though the Golem and the Jinni aren't exactly human, they need friends, too—NYC can be just as tough for supernatural creatures.

Questions About Friendship

  1. What do the Golem and the Jinni see in each other? Why do they become friends? Do you think they would ever form a romantic relationship?
  2. Who has an easier time making friends, the Golem or the Jinni? Why? Use the text to support.
  3. Are you surprised that the Golem and Anna become friends, despite Anna's blackmail attempt late in the novel? Why or why not?

Chew on This

The Golem's telepathy makes it both difficult and easy for her to make friends. She can help them with what they really need, but she also knows what they're really thinking when they're angry with her.

The Jinni is not a natural at making friends because he's used to spending time by himself, shape-shifting and seeing the desert.