My Jim

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.”

—Chicago Tribune

“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