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Hardback 320 Pages
Published: 11/04/2024
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A breathtakingly accomplished retelling of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from the point of view of the enslaved Jim, Everett's tour de force reclaims the character's voice from the literary margins with power, precision and dazzling wit.  

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
Weight: 518 g
Dimensions: 241 x 158 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Percival Everett is a giant of American letters, and JAMES is a canon-shatteringly great book. Unforgiving and compassionate, beautiful and brutal, a tragedy and a farce, this brilliant novel rewrites literary history to let us hear the voices it has long suppressed - Hernan Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Trust

JAMES is funny and horrifying, brilliant and riveting. In telling the story of Jim instead of Huckleberry Finn, Percival Everett delivers a powerful, necessary corrective to both literature and history. I found myself cheering both the writer and his hero. Who should read this book? Every single person in the country - Ann Patchett, bestselling author of Tom Lake

Pure brilliance. Funny, wise, gracious; this may be Everett's best book yet - Bonnie Garmus, bestselling author of Lessons in Chemistry

A scorchingly funny, action-packed reworking of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - The Sunday Times, 'The 40 best books of 2024'

Percival Everett is an audacious, beguiling American master, whose wild trajectory has reached astonishing highs in the past decade. Now comes JAMES, which enlists and devours not only Mark Twain’s novel but aspects of Melville, Ellison, and even Kafka to make an irrevocable invention into the canon. Everett is simply playing this game at a higher level, and it is the most serious game imaginable - Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn

[An] ingenious retelling of The Adverntures of Huckleberry Finn . . . Everett has outdone himself - Publishers Weekly

One of the noblest characters in American literature gets a novel worthy of him - Kirkus Reviews

An absolutely essential read - Booklist

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“Could not put it down”

Absolute wonder of a book, Percival Everett has done it again, following the exquisite Trees with this rewriting of Huck Finn, from the perspective of the slave Jim. I loved the use of language to highlight that the... More

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“Brilliant and well executed”

James is a retelling of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, from the perspective of Jim, the slave.

I haven't read Mark Twain's original book so half way through I had to do some background reading in... More

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Jo at Greenwich

“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 life the story of Jim, The escaped Slave from Huckleberry Finn.... More

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