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2.98884758364312 out of 52.98884758364312 out of 52.98884758364312 out of 52.98884758364312 out of 52.98884758364312 out of 5 2.99 (269 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Rawles Narrator: Lizzie Cooper Davis, Brenda Pressley Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9781436143448
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American Book Award winner Nancy Rawles pens a moving story about Huck Finn’s slave friend Jim, told through the eyes of the wife Jim was forced to leave behind. Sadie shares her story of loss with her granddaughter as they weave Sadie’s most treasured items—her mother’s knife, a piece of a bowl from Africa, a piece of Jim’s hat found when he was thought to be dead-into a quilt.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This novel celebrates family life at the same time it reminds readers that separation doesn’t necessarily mean rejection. Rawles’s first effort is sure to please fiction lovers.”

    Library Journal

  • My Jim is a love story. But it is also a vivid portrayal of Jim’s other life–harsh at times, poignant at others. Even young adults unfamiliar with Huckleberry Finn’s companion will find Rawles’s tale moving and real. The author creates a heartbreaking world where farewells to husbands, wives, and children are common.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 2/11/2014

    " Book for SPL Tuesday book club for March 2009. This adaptation of the character Jim (from Huck Finn by Mark Twain) expanded the life of this character and was told from the point of view of his wife, Sadie Watson. Writing was fantastic and truthful to the time during our country's history. A must read for everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Sterling | 2/6/2014

    " Set from the point of a view of a woman who loved Huckleberry Finn's Jim as she tells the sad tale of slavery, love, and loss to her granddaughter. I had a hard time getting into this book at first, probably because I've been reading fast-paced teen books and had to get used to the dialect. The story is raw and powerful because you know that there's truth in the harshness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie M. | 1/22/2014

    " I can almost always be lured into a book that was written because the author decided to extract a minor character from a classic literary work and tell their story. Regardless of whether or not I even read the original, that concept just intrigues me all over the place. This is the story of Sadie, the unnamed wife of Jim from Huckleberry Finn. It's not amazing by any stretch of the imagination, but a good solid story that stands completely on its own (um, as evidenced by the fact that I've never actually read Huckleberry Finn). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 1/17/2014

    " A retelling of the Huck Finn story from the perspective of Jim's wife Sadie. I love these perspective-shifting tales. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 1/17/2014

    " A truly remarkable accomplishment. A voice-filled, compelling, female look at the Twain classics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Nourse | 12/23/2013

    " Finished reading this short novel focusing on Sadie during slavery and her connection to Jim (Huckleberry Finn). Reminds us again of the power of love under almost unimaginable conditions AND how very small treasures can keep us connected and perhaps sane. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen | 12/18/2013

    " Nancy Rawles took a classic novel and extracted a few facts from it. Then, she wrote her own take on these facts, but she barely stuck to the characterization of Jim in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. There were certain passages that were an interesting perspective and description of slavery, but overall, it was not a high quality work of fiction. I would not recommend it to others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emmy | 12/9/2013

    " A moving narrative - and a love story - that exemplifies the humanity and horrors of slavery. A distinct and beautiful voice, Sadie shares with her granddaughter the stories of her most sacred keepsakes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/28/2013

    " Should be required reading alongside Huck Finn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/17/2013

    " A quick read that starts slow but folds everything together nicely for a solid ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbi | 11/15/2013

    " Quick and at times difficult read - really interesting story. I loved the idea of taking a well-loved story and writing from the perspective of a peripheral character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gaye Smith | 11/8/2013

    " This is a wonderful novel with an interesting stucture. I love to use it when I'm teaching Huck Finn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Ishtayeh | 8/20/2013

    " This was good although the connection to Huck Finn seems like an after thought thrown in the last 10 pages. It was very well written and reminds us just how bad the blacks had it and how inhumane we were as a population to each other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 2/26/2013

    " It's a beautifully written tragedy of what slave women suffered through before, during, and after The Civil War: the loss of a husband, the constant violence (rapes and beatings), the pregnancy terminations (to avoid having children born into slavery), and the loss of children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassie | 1/13/2013

    " Very interesting. The dialect was a little hard to get used to at first, but a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 11/28/2012

    " A sad story about a dark time in our country's history. Hard to understand man's inhumanity to man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen Diluzio | 10/18/2012

    " I think that this novel was a good, quick read. Mature audiences should read it because of language and violence. It opens your eyes to the horrors of slavery and shows how bad slavery really was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 8/21/2012

    " A heartbreaking novel about the brutality of slavery. I had to keep putting the down because just when you thought it couldn't get worse it does. Highly recommended "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suz | 2/15/2012

    " Powerful....and it made me cry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/30/2011

    " It is a fine book but I was not at all wowed. I think the subject was not what I wanted to read right now and honestly I think it ahs been done a little better before. I do think it is an accessible, emotional, and realistic read on this subject for a wide age range. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryann | 9/24/2011

    " Enjoyed this one on CD in the car. takes the character of Jim from Huck Finn and develops a story about the woman who loved him. Enjoyed it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 9/16/2011

    " The whole slave situation - pre and post "freeing" was tragic. I liked the spiritual side the slaves kept - and the tenacity and bravery especially of the women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ross Bussell | 4/26/2011

    " It's a good ya book. The voice could cause students a little bit of trouble, but the subject matter is very strong, definitely a good book about the horrors and heart break of slavery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon Sharadin | 2/26/2011

    " I was somewhat distractied by the dialect as well, but then got into the groove. I look forward to discussing some of the guide questions at the end of her book. Might even be interested in reading her Gumbo book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spencer | 2/14/2011

    " Phenomenal. Sadie Watson is one hell of a captivating narrator, and My Jim is a masterpiece. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/8/2011

    " This isn't really about Jim. It is about slavery and living as slaves through the eyes of Sadie Jim's wife. Through the book readers get the feel of life during these turbelant times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryann | 9/2/2010

    " Enjoyed this one on CD in the car. takes the character of Jim from Huck Finn and develops a story about the woman who loved him. Enjoyed it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 4/21/2010

    " Written in the tradition of novels of American slavery. Uses Huckleberry Finn’s Jim as the protagonist. Compelling story wrapped around a quilt motif. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 2/28/2010

    " I was somewhat distractied by the dialect as well, but then got into the groove. I look forward to discussing some of the guide questions at the end of her book. Might even be interested in reading her Gumbo book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikaela | 2/14/2010

    " Hard to get into My Jim at first, but once I did I couldn't put it down! Really enjoyed the book, but at times the writing was distracting- "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 2/3/2010

    " After a long dry spell of not enjoying the book I'm reading, I read this. It's very well-written, sad, amazing and I'm enjoying it for the second time. I read it once several years ago but had forgotten it. I highly recommend this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 12/10/2009

    " A heartbreaking novel about the brutality of slavery. I had to keep putting the down because just when you thought it couldn't get worse it does. Highly recommended "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cutiepi314 | 10/15/2009

    " It's a beautifully written tragedy of what slave women suffered through before, during, and after The Civil War: the loss of a husband, the constant violence (rapes and beatings), the pregnancy terminations (to avoid having children born into slavery), and the loss of children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 10/13/2009

    " Finished reading this short novel focusing on Sadie during slavery and her connection to Jim (Huckleberry Finn). Reminds us again of the power of love under almost unimaginable conditions AND how very small treasures can keep us connected and perhaps sane. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassie | 9/16/2009

    " Very interesting. The dialect was a little hard to get used to at first, but a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 8/27/2009

    " This novel is interesting and very sad, but not terribly fulfilling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/21/2009

    " Should be required reading alongside Huck Finn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emmy | 7/23/2009

    " A moving narrative - and a love story - that exemplifies the humanity and horrors of slavery. A distinct and beautiful voice, Sadie shares with her granddaughter the stories of her most sacred keepsakes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 7/13/2009

    " What I learned from this book.....
    Old classics are full of new stories, if one reads deeply enough to imagine them "

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About the Author

Nancy Rawles is a novelist and playwright who grew up in Los Angeles and began her career as a professional writer in Chicago. Her first novel, Love Like Gumbo, was awarded the 1998 American Book Award and Washington State’s Governor’s Writers Award. Her plays have been produced in Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Los Angeles, and Seattle, where lives and teaches creative writing.

About the Narrators

Lizzie Cooper Davis is an audiobook narrator whose works include Drama is Her Middle Name, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, and Jackson Park.

Brenda Pressley is a television, film, and voice actress. Her acting credits include appearances on television series like Body of Proof, Law & Order, New York Undercover, and Brewster Place.