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Author: Tony Earley Narrator: L. J. Ganser Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781594834608

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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.

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  • “Jim the Boy is a delight. A sweet, graceful novel that charms the reader with marvelous language, honest emotion, and authentic characters who are no less human, no less complex, for being sincere and straightforward, and good. As his short stories have already shown, Tony Earley is a wonderful writer.”

    - Alice McDermott, National Book Award–winning author of Charming Billy
  • “A radiant, knowing, pitch-perfect parable of childhood…Mr. Earley may not have invented the coming-of-age novel, but he streamlines and reawakens the genre with this swift, lovely book.”

    - New York Times
  • “Childhood innocence doesn’t crop up much these days in serious fiction…Jim the Boy blithely and successfully counters this trend…Seen through Jim’s eyes, everything that happens to him seems strange and somehow magical.”

    - Time
  • “A starkly sweet story…Its arrival on the current American literary landscape is somewhat akin to a rainbow appearing over an industrial park. Next to the woes and grit of much of contemporary American fiction, Tony Earley’s first novel feels stunned by innocence—uncluttered, untainted, focused only upon capturing a particularly purity of experience.”

    - Boston Globe
  • “It’s a testament to the resonant simplicity of Earley’s style that you’d never imagine laughing at any of these country folk for their simple ways. They’re tinged with the kind of lyricism that almost accidentally bubbles forth from people who always attempt honesty.”

    - Austin Chronicle
  • “When I find a good book, I get up (literally) and dance around the living room. Tony Earley’s Jim the Boy made me dance. It’s an oddly wonderful period piece…marvelous prose from a writer who has a crystalline memory of what it’s like to be a kid.”

    - Seattle Times
  • “A latter-day classic of children’s fiction.”

    - AV Club
  • “Jim the Boy is a lovely, meticulous work—a song of innocence and (eventually) experience, delivered with just a hint of North Carolina accent.”

    - Amazon.com, editorial review
  • “L. J. Ganser’s narration, emotionally true without ever being sentimental, is perfectly suited to Earley’s prose, which presents Jim’s experiences and growth from the perspective of a child moving into adolescence. Ganser’s skillful vocal characterizations are believable and true throughout. he uses cadence and pacing to convey regional speech, rather than an exaggerated ‘accent,’ and this makes all the difference. A perceptive story and insightful narration produce a memorable listening experience, ideal for family, young adult, and adult listening.”

    - AudioFile
  • “A deceptively gentle, nostalgic look at childhood during an era when life was by turns harsh and hopeful. Jim is a real boy who can be selfish and stubborn and then determined and giving. Earley offers an understated, poetic tribute to those families whose pride in and love for one another helped them face hard times.”

    - Booklist


  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults, 2000
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Tony Earley is the author of Here We Are in Paradise, a collection of stories; the novel Jim the Boy; the personal essay collection Somehow Form a Family; and the novel The Blue Star. A winner of a National Magazine Award for fiction, he was named one of the twenty best writers of his generation by both Granta, in 1996, and the New Yorker, in 1999. His works have appeared in Harper’sEsquire, the New Yorker, the Oxford American, the New York Times Book ReviewTin HouseBest American Short StoriesNew Stories from the South, and many other magazines and anthologies. He is a native of western North Carolina and a graduate of Warren Wilson College and the University of Alabama. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife and daughter, where he is the Samuel Milton Fleming associate professor of English at Vanderbilt University.

About the Narrator

L. J. Ganser is the winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration for his work in The Island at the Center of the World. He has recorded over 450 titles, ranging from preschool books to crime noir thrillers, from astronomical adventures in both science and science fiction, to Arctic Circle high school basketball stories.