HOSTED BY USA TODAY BOOKS REPORTER BARBARA VANDENBURGH
First Draft Book Club: James by Percival Everett
7PM WEDNESDAY, MAY 22
LOCATION: PHOENIX
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First Draft Book Club returns to First Draft Book Bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix!

Join former USA Today Books Editor Barbara VanDenburgh for a discussion about May's club pick, James by Percival Everett.

It's free to attend. RSVP below.


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ABOUT THE BOOK

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A brilliant, action-packed reimagining of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, both harrowing and ferociously funny, told from the enslaved Jim's point of view • From the “literary icon” (Oprah Daily) and Pulitzer Prize Finalist whose novel Erasure is the basis for Cord Jefferson’s critically acclaimed film American Fiction

"Genius"The Atlantic • "A masterpiece that will help redefine one of the classics of American literature, while also being a major achievement on its own."Chicago Tribune  "A provocative, enlightening literary work of art."The Boston Globe • "Everett’s most thrilling novel, but also his most soulful."The New York Times

"If you liked Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver, read James, by Percival Everett" —The Washington Post


When 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.



WHAT IS FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB?
First Draft Book Club is the official book club of First Draft Book Bar – the coffee, beer, and wine bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix. Every month, USA Today Books Reporter Barbara VanDenburgh picks a hot new book and hosts a guided book club discussion.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780385550369
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - March 19th, 2024