My Jim

My Jim

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Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
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. 25,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
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.
My Jim re-creates one of the most controversial characters in American literature. A 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.

Baker
& Taylor

Sadie, the abandoned wife of the slave Jim from Mark Twain's "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.

Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
Series:
ISBN: 9781400054008
1400054001
Branch Call Number: F RAW
Characteristics: 174 p. ; 22 cm

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junebug49
Jul 21, 2011

I read this book just prior to meeting the author at our book club, and told her of the great impact in reading a "revised" version of the slave Jim, as told by his loving wife Sadie. MY JIM became "the book that all Seattle reads." Don't miss it.

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feliciayearwood
Feb 08, 2011

Excellent book for a discussion group. Raises themes of love and sacrifice, racism, loss, aging.

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