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My Jim (Paperback)

Author:  Nancy Rawles
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 140005401X
ISBN-13: 9781400054015
Sku: 31270144
Publish Date: 1/24/2006
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  190
Age Range:  NA
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"A deeply moving recasting of one of the most controversial characters in American literature, Huckleberry Finn's Jim
Written in the great literary tradition of novels of American slavery, "My Jim is told in the incantatory voice of Sadie Watson, an ex-slave who schools her granddaughter with lessons of love she learned in bondage. To help her granddaughter confront the decisions she needs to make, Sadie mines her memory for the tale of the unquenchable love of her life, Jim. Sadie's Jim was an ambitious young slave and seer who, when faced with the prospect of being sold, escaped down the Mississippi with a white boy named Huck. Sadie is suddenly left alone. Worried about her children, convinced her husband is dead, reviled as a witch, and punished for Jim's escape, Sadie's will and her love for Jim, even in absentia, animate her life and see her through.
Told with spare eloquence and mirroring the true stories of countless slave women, "My Jim re-creates one of the most controversial characters in American literature. A nuanced critique of the great American novel, "My Jim stands on its own as a haunting and inspiring story about freedom, longing, and the remarkable endurance of love.

"From the Hardcover edition.

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In a poignant meditation on love and loss, Sadie, the abandoned wife of the slave Jim from Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn details her romance with Jim, an ambitious young slave, his decision to run away with a young white boy named Huck Finn, and the bleak repercussions of that decision for her and their children.Sadie, the abandoned wife of the slave Jim from "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," details her life with Jim, his decision to run away with a white boy named Huck Finn, and the bleak repercussions of that decision for her.To help her granddaughter accept the risks of loving, Sadie Watson mines her memory for the tale of the unquenchable love of her life, Jim. Sadie’s Jim was an ambitious young slave and seer who, when faced with the prospect of being sold, escaped down the Mississippi with a white boy named Huck Finn. Sadie is suddenly left alone, worried about her children, reviled as a witch, punished for Jim’s escape, and convinced her husband is dead. But Sadie’s will and her love for Jim animate her life and see her through.

Told with spare eloquence and mirroring the true stories of countless slave women, My Jim recreates one of the most controversial characters in American literature. A nuanced critique of the great American novel, My Jim is a haunting and inspiring story about freedom, longing, and the remarkable endurance of love.



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Nancy Rawles joins the fascinating tradition of writing a novel about a literary character invented by someone else--in this case, Mark Twain's Jim, the runaway slave from HUCKLEBERRY FINN who fled to freedom rather than be sold to a new master. Jim's story is told by Sadie Watkins, his wife and the mother of his two children, who always hopes that Jim will be able to return to her and buy her freedom as well. Sadie's story proves just as eventful as Jim's, as she manages to survive the upheavals of slavery and then the Civil War.

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Kirkus Reviews
"It's always risky to build a narrative around someone else's characters, but second-novelist Rawles handles Twain's creations so deftly that it would be hard to imagine him objecting....Intensely sad but not mawkish: a very fine love story, wonderfully narrated with a perfect feel for the time and place." 11/15/2004

Publishers Weekly
"[A] spare, moving retelling of the story.... 11/20/2004

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0190
Product attributePublisher:   Three Rivers Press (CA)
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