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Book Overview: James

A brilliant, action-packed reimagining of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, both harrowing and ferociously funny, told from the enslaved Jim's point of view - From the "literary icon" (Oprah Daily) and Pulitzer Prize Finalist whose novel Erasure is the basis for Cord Jefferson's critically acclaimed film American Fiction

"Genius"--The Atlantic - "A masterpiece that will help redefine one of the classics of American literature, while also being a major achievement on its own."--Chicago Tribune - "A provocative, enlightening literary work of art."--The Boston Globe - "Everett's most thrilling novel, but also his most soulful."--The New York Times

"If you liked Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver, read James, by Percival Everett" --The Washington Post

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 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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Publication Date2024-03-19
EditionFirst Edition
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Percival Everett is an acclaimed American author, known for his prolific contributions to contemporary literature. His work, reflective of his intellect, is renowned for its poetic prose and inventive styles. Holding degrees from prestigious institutions, including a Masters from Brown University, his academic prowess has fueled his creativity. His writing career spans over thirty years, housing over twenty novels, short stories, and a collection of poetry. Everett's works are recognized for their exploration of identity, social criticism, and uses of satire. Decorated with several literary awards such as the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, he has confirmed his place among America's literary elite. Everett's commitment to academia is as notable as his writing. Currently a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California, Everett consistently impacts literary studies, inspiring a new generation of novelists. Percival Everett's multifaceted talent undoubtedly makes him a pillar in American literature.


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