My Jim

My Jim

A Novel

Book - 2006 | 1st pbk. ed.
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To help her granddaughter accept the risks of loving, Sadie Watson 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 Finn. Sadie is suddenly left alone, worried about her children, reviled as a witch, punished for Jim's escape, and convinced her husband is dead. But Sadie's will and her love for Jim animate her life and see her through.

Told with spare eloquence and mirroring the true stories of countless slave women, My Jim recreates one of the most controversial characters in American literature. A nuanced critique of the great American novel, My Jim is a haunting and inspiring story about freedom, longing, and the remarkable endurance of love.

Look for the Reader's Group Guide at the back of this book.
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, [2006]
Edition: 1st pbk. ed.
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9781400054015
Branch Call Number: FIC Rawle
Characteristics: 190 pages ; 21 cm


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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.

Feb 08, 2011

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

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