James

Percival Everett author

Format:Hardback

Publisher:Pan Macmillan

Published:11th Apr '24

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From the Booker-shortlisted author of The Trees comes a heartbreaking and powerful retelling of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from the perspective of Huck's friend, the enslaved Jim.

From the Booker-shortlisted author of The Trees comes a heartbreaking and powerful retelling of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from the perspective of Huck’s friend, the enslaved Jim.

From the Booker-prize shortlisted author of Erasure, adapted into the Oscar-winning film American Fiction

'This is the work of an American master at the peak of his powers' – Financial Times

Enthralling and ferociously funny, James by Percival Everett is a profound meditation on identity, belonging and the sacrifices we make to protect the ones we love. It is also a bold reimagining of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, as the enslaved Jim emerges to reclaim his voice, defying the conventions that have consigned him to the margins.

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 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 embark on the most dangerous, and life-changing, odyssey of them all . . .

'James has the potential to become a classic . . . thrilling, bold and profound' — The Sunday Times

‘Who should read this book? Every single person in the country’ – Ann Patchett, bestselling author of Tom Lake

‘Percival Everett is a giant of American letters, and James is a canon-shatteringly great book’ – Hernan Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Trust

*James was an instant Sunday Times bestseller w/c 07/04/2024

James has the potential to become a classic . . . thrilling, bold and profound * The Sunday Times *
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
Gripping, painful, funny, horrifying . . . a consummate performance to the last * The Observer *
This is the work of an American master at the peak of his powers * Financial Times *
Both a page-turner and a profound meditation on the ramifications of slavery and self-hood . . . Luminous * TLS *
A classic novel overhauled by a modern master * The Daily Telegraph *
Percival Everett is an essential writer and James may be his greatest novel yet * i *
Fantastically entertaining . . . James’s solo adventures take on a life that doesn’t so much rival the original [The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn] as defiantly stand alone * Daily Mail *
Magnificent . . . [James] is Everett’s most thrilling novel, but also his most soulful * The New York Times *
American literature’s philosopher king — and its sharpest satirist * The New Yorker *
2024 . . . might be the year of Percival Everett . . . [James is a] systematic and forensic and laugh-out-loud-funny deconstruction of America and race * Scotsman *
If you liked Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver, read James, by Percival Everett * Washington Post *
[An] ingenious retelling of The Adverntures of Huckleberry Finn . . . Everett has outdone himself -- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
The audacious and prolific Everett dives into the very heart of Twain's epochal odyssey -- Kirkus (Starred Review)
An absolutely essential read -- Booklist (Starred Review)

ISBN: 9781035031238

Dimensions: 241mm x 158mm x 30mm

Weight: 518g

320 pages