Author of LOVE LIKE GUMBO, CRAWFISH DREAMS, MY JIM, and MIZ SPARKS
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.
Praise for MY JIM
“Here, finally, is the Jim we can only glimpse between hijinks and humiliations
in Huck Finn—a man who’s clever and tender, romantic and tragic. And there’s
just no escaping his wife’s voice. I read some chapters without blinking.”
—Ron Charles, Christian Science Monitor
“A wonderful first-person narrative . . . both a love story and a chronicle
of a brutal time in American history.”
“My Jim is a compelling, eloquently written novel that can stand on
its own merits beside the great works that inspired it.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“In a spare, naturalistic style that’s reminiscent of oral history,
Rawles covers territory Twain did not….As heart-wrenching a
personal history as any recorded in American literature.”
—New York Times Book Review