Puget Sound English Department

May 3, 2009

Rawles’s MY JIM Selected for “Seattle Reads”

Filed under: Activities off Campus,Literature — O. @ 3:37 pm

For your summer reading lists (and discussion, if you’re in or around Seattle): the “Seattle Reads” program has selected local author Nancy Rawles’s 2005 novel My Jim, a retelling of Twain’s Huckleberry Finn from the perspective of Jim’s wife, Sadie, as its current book.

In an interview in Sunday’s Seattle Times , Rawles explains that her book supplements Twain’s novel, which leaves significant aspects of Jim’s life—and the lives of all slaves—untold: “Things that might have been incidental to Huck were central to Jim. Freeing his wife and children would have been at the heart of his endeavor. There’s another passage in Chapter 23, in which Jim talks about missing his children. Huck notices that Jim is often ‘moaning and mourning’ at night when he’s homesick for his family.”

Seattle Public Library is sponsoring the free discussions, which will take place at a variety of Seattle locations May 20-23.

See http://www.spl.org for more information.

(AJT)

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