"Hoffman displays an obvious affection for the city, as well as for those society would deem freaks, but readers looking for an evocative, magical take on the immigrant experience would be better served by Helene Wecker's The Golem and Jinni (2013)."
A young woman grows up in her father's eponymous Coney Island museum at the turn of the 20th century in Hoffman's (TheDovekeepers
, 2011, etc.) novel.
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