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Jim the Boy by Tony Earley
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Nov 03, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2009, kindle, series
Read in October, 2009

Malcolm Jones of Newsweek said this about the author, “Tony Earley bewitches his readers with an idyll of boyhood so completely realized that we never want to leave it.” In this Novel, Jim the Boy, the author does exactly that. He steps into his story immediately and immerses the reader in the mind and thoughts of a 10 year old boy.

Here is the first passage of the book:

“During the night something like a miracle happened: Jim’s age grew an extra digit. He was nine years old when he went to sleep but ten years old when he woke up. The extra number had weight, like a muscle, and Jim hefted it like a prize.”

I was in love with the book from that point. The book tells the story of Jim Glass Jr. He lives with his mother who is a widow and his Uncle Zeno. He has two more uncles, twins that live on either side of their home. These three men are unmarried and figure pre-dominantly in Jim’s life, filling up the space left in the wake of his father’s early death.

The book softly recounts key moments of young Jim’s life and the lessons he learns from them. The stories within the story are endearing and nearly every reader can probably find that they have shared a similar experience in their lifetime. I think that this is the key element of the book. The reader identifies with Jim and connects experiences in their own life time in the telling of Jim’s. The book leaves one feeling rather nostalgic.

Tony Earley is a gifted writer, with delicate prose.

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