James

James

Hardback Published on: 11/04/2024
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Published 11/04/2024
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James
The Book of the Century
This is the book Percival Everett was put here to write. One of those rare authors, who never disappoints, this is his masterpiece. James brings to lif... READ MORE
Jo at Greenwich
James
An instant classic
Is there a writer working today who can so adeptly cover multiple genres and never miss? I was hooked on the dark satire of The Trees and laughed out loud ... READ MORE
Red Newsom

Synopsis

James is an enthralling and ferociously funny novel that leaves an indelible mark, forcing us to see Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in a wholly new and transformative light. From the shadows of Huck Finn's mischievous spirit, Jim emerges to reclaim his voice, defying the conventions that have consigned him to the margins. Shortlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize for his novel The Trees, Professor Percival Everett is one of the most decorated writers of our lifetime. 1861, The Mississippi River. When the enslaved Jim overhears that he is about to be sold to a new owner in New Orleans and separated from his wife and daughter for ever, he decides to hide on nearby Jackson's Island until he can formulate a plan. Meanwhile, Huck Finn has faked his own death to escape his violent father, who recently returned to town. Thus begins a dangerous and transcendent journey by raft along the Mississippi River, toward the elusive promise of the free states and beyond. As James and Huck begin to navigate the treacherous waters, each bend in the river holds the promise of both salvation and demise. With rumours of a brewing war, James must face the burden he carries: the family he cannot protect and the constant lie he must live. Together, the unlikely pair must face the most dangerous odyssey of them all . . .

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781035031238
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm

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James
A Masterpiece
This was astonishingly good. I grew up reading Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer and of the two stories I always preferred Tom Sawyer because it wasn't as scary and... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley