Jim the Boy by Tony Earley
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Both delightful and wise, Jim the Boy brilliantly captures the pleasures and fears of youth at a time when America itself was young and struggling to come into its own.
 

About Tony Earley

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Tony Earley is the author of Jim the Boy, Here We Are in Paradise, and Somehow Form a Family. He lives with his family in Nashville, TN, where he is the Samuel Milton Fleming Associate Professor of English at Vanderbilt University.
 
Published April 25, 2001 by Little, Brown and Company. 239 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He hears inspirational tales of his dead father as well as horrifying accounts of his mean, ornery bootlegging grandfather, who lives in the hills not far from his new pal and sometime adversary, Penn Carson, a Quaker boy who has been bussed, along with other hill folk, to the school that has jus...

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Growing up in a small town in Texas in 1966, Jim Black, the protagonist of this autobiographical debut novel, is an ordinary teenager spending his summer doing ordinary things.

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The narrative develops as a series of loosely related, moving anecdotes: the tragic story behind Aliceville's name, a trip with an uncle to buy a horse that becomes a lesson in the transience of corporeal life, a race up a greased pole at a carnival that casts a new light on Jim's bonds with anot...

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Book Reporter

JIM THE BOY is a straightforward book: the plot, which follows a year in the life of a 10-year-old boy, has no twists and turns.

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For his debut novel Jim The Boy, Vanderbilt professor (and New Yorker and Granta contributor) Tony Earley has created a delicate, subtly powerful story about growing up in a small-town corner of the South during the Great Depression.

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Gather Books

After Jim Glass passed away leaving behind an expecting wife, Cissy sees no other choice than to call her son Jim Glass in honour of the man she loved.

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Austin Chronicle

As we follow Jim in his engaging but relatively ordinary year, it becomes apparent how the landscape molds character: "The ground smelled old, forgotten, and made Jim think of crickets singing late in the evening before the first frost."

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Mars Hill Online

When my brother-in-law gave me Tony Earley’s, Jim the Boy, he described it as the kind of book that every man should read at some point in his life.

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