Kindred Book Club: James by Percival Everett

Saturday, July 27, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Kindred Book Club reads James by Percival Everett!

Join the members of the Kindred Book Club for the next book discussion, James by Percival Everett. 

The members of the Kindred Book Club read Percival Everett's Erasure a few months ago and love it! We are now huge Percival Everett fans, so it was just a matter of time before the group chose this bestselling novel to read next. We hope you can join us and add to the discussion. 

(Many are choosing to read the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn first for context, but it is not required.)


About James:

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A brilliant, action-packed reimagining of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, both harrowing and darkly humorous, told from the enslaved Jim's point of view

"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

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.

Purchase the book from Kindred Thoughts Bookstore and enjoy a 20% discount using code: KNCJ27

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James: A Novel By Percival Everett Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385550369
Availability: Backordered
Published: Doubleday - March 19th, 2024