||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.
||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.
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||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.
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||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.Look for the Reader’s Group Guide at the back of this book.