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9781035031238

James

James

by Percival Everett

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Selected as one of the best books to read in 2024 by Sunday Times, Guardian, Observer, BBC Culture, Financial Times, New Statesman, Irish Times and Scotsman

'Percival Everett is a giant of American letters, and 
JAMES is a canon-shatteringly great book' – Hernan Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Trust
'Who should read this book? Every single person in the country' – 
Ann Patchett, bestselling author of Tom Lake

JAMES is an enthralling and ferociously funny novel that leaves an indelible mark, inspiring us to see Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in a wholly new and transformative light. Shortlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize for his novel The Trees, Professor Percival Everett is one of the most decorated writers of our lifetime.

The Mississippi River, 1861. 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 forever, 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, towards 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 is desperate to protect and the constant lie he must live. And together, the unlikely pair must face the most dangerous odyssey of them all . . .

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.

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About the Author

Percival Everett

Percival Everett is the author of over thirty books, includingSo Much Blue,Telephone,Dr NoandThe Trees, which was shortlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize and won the 2022 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. He has received the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California. His novelErasurehas now been adapted into the major filmAmerican Fiction. He lives in Los Angeles.

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