James: A Novel

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When the enslaved Jim overhears that he is about to be sold to a man in New Orleans, separated from his wife and daughter forever, he decides to hide on nearby Jackson Island until he can formulate a plan. Meanwhile, Huck Finn has faked his own death to escape his violent father, recently returned to town. As all readers of American literature know, thus begins the dangerous and transcendent journey by raft down the Mississippi River toward the elusive and too-often-unreliable promise of the Free States and beyond.

While many narrative set pieces of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn remain in place (floods and storms, stumbling across both unexpected death and unexpected treasure in the myriad stopping points along the river’s banks, encountering the scam artists posing as the Duke and Dauphin…), Jim’s agency, intelligence and compassion are shown in a radically new light.

Brimming with the electrifying humor and lacerating observations that have made Everett a “literary icon” (Oprah Daily), and one of the most decorated writers of our lifetime, James is destined to be a major publishing event and a cornerstone of twenty-first century American literature.

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Weight1.3 lbs
Dimensions8.3 × 5.5 × 1 in
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March 19, 2024









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1 review for James: A Novel

  1. Raymond Williams

    rtw0613 (verified owner)

    A creative reimagining of [book:The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn|2956] that is told from Jim’s perspective, and is a much better book than Twain’s novel. This book could have been titled The Adventures of James or The Trials and Tribulations of James. It’s a very fast-paced and thrilling book. The characters are fascinating and complex, some of them could have novels of their own that I would (i.e. Norman or the enslaved man in the riverboat). I think James would make a great film, think Django Unchained but with a Black filmmaker like Cord Jefferson or Gina Prince-Bythewood. Make sure you read this one!!!

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