Helene Wecker grew up in Libertyville, Illinois, a small town north of Chicago. She received a B.A. from Carleton College in Minnesota. After graduating, she worked a number of marketing and communications jobs in Minneapolis and Seattle before deciding to return to her first love, fiction writing. Accordingly, she moved to New York where she received an M.F.A. from Columbia University.
She now lives near San Francisco with her husband and daughter. The Golem and the Jinni is her first novel.
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