HCP Book Group: James by Percival Everett

Percival Everett's new novel, James, is a brilliant, action-packed reimagining of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, both harrowing and darkly humorous, told from the enslaved Jim's point of view.  We will meet on Sunday, July 21st at 3:00 pm at a Center City home. The group will be limited to 8 people and be an in-person event only.

  

About the book: 

percival-everett-james-2000x1000-65df8df6929c9When 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.

   

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR SO FAR FOR 2024 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST

  

Host / Lead Organizer: Susan Robinson

Date: Sunday, July 21st at 3:00 pm.

Location: Address will be included in confirmation email. 

Coffee and tea will be provided.

  

Limited to 8 people. 

    

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When:

3:00PM - 5:00PM Sun 21 Jul 2024, Eastern timezone

Where:


Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Look Who's Coming:

Susan Robinson
Samantha Fields Bode
Idette Elizondo
Elizabeth Mutisya
Alice Rossmann
Robert Robinson
Thomas Eoyang
Sahab Aslam
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