“Tony Earley celebrates the world of one young boy in one small place in a simpler, sweeter time. Deceptively understated, Jim the Boy is a luminous rendering of an ordinary life, told with gentle grace and good humor….Earley is a master at sketching small but crucial moments with bright, telling strokes.” – Philadelphia Inquirer
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Jim’s father died a week before he was born. Jim lives with his mother and near his uncles in a tiny North Carolina town during the Great Depression. Most of the book takes place between his 10th and 11th birthdays. It’s a fast read and I didn’t want it to end. Earley is a wonderful storyteller. I think this would be a good audio book.
I recommend it for all ages. It might be a good book to read aloud to a child.