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A Peach For Big Jim

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In 1947 racially charged Mills Hollow, South Carolina, Chloe Mason knows not to go near the Negroes who live in the river shacks, especially sixteen-year-old Big Jim. He’s something of a myth, a big black boy known for eating opossums and howling at the moon. At least that’s what Chloe’s brother, Caleb, and her Pa, a fiddle-playing Southerner who waves a Confederate flag, ...more
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Published July 31st 2019 by King's House Press
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Christy
I loved this book. I thought it was wonderful!! Well written, full of southern dialogue, and great characters (even though you hate a lot of them).

The main character is Chloe mason. She learned in school all about the famous court case that states "separate but equal". This is set in a very racist small town during the 40s and Chloe is quickly learning that it is definitely not equal. Big Jim is the 16 year old black boy who is the legend of the little swamp town, and not in a good w
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Lori
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a kindle version of this book through the goodread's giveaways. This book takes place in south Carolina in 1947. Racism is going strong in this area. Chloe lives there she has been warned to stay away from the black people { much nastier words are used in the book} on her way home she cuts through the swamp and is confronted by an alligator. She is saved by Big Jim a 16 year old black teenager. At first frightened by him she slowly starts up a secret friendship with Big Jim. She teach ...more
April Rogers
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I won this in a Goodreads give away. It was an absorbing historical fiction focusing on racism and family history in South Carolina in the 1940s.
Bobbie
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought I would like this book, but I really did not. Still, the writing was good, and I did like some of the main characters- especially Chloe Mason, Big Jim, and the Widow Jones. Some of the other characters I hated for they were blinded by their prejudice so much that they saw wrong as right. I did not care for the topic, but I was touched by Chloe and Big Jim's friendship. I don't whether you would like this book or not, but it just was not my cup of tea.
Charlotte
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is, that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't. Henry Ward Beecher."

Amongst my collection of favourite books there are sadly only a few where a young female is given the opportunity to narrate her story demonstrating independence in both thought and action; breaking convention and defying those around her for the greater good. Think Scout (To Kill a Mockingbird) or Mattie Ross (True Grit) or Dolores Price (S
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Margot Lissens
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Favourite book of this year so far ❤

Trigger warnings: racism and violence
Representation: diverse characters

Immediately from the beginning I liked the main character Chloe. Even though she is only 13, she’s a very wise girl. She’s loving and caring but still has her childish innocence. Throughout the book you can see and read how Chloe grows up and loses that innocence. She loves her dad but also knows that what he does is wrong, very wrong. But unlike any other YA m
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Marissa
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It is the south and in the time of slavery. A young woman befriends a black man who saves him. Meeting in private she teaches him to read and giving him forbidden peaches from a widow’s tree. But soon her father finds about their meetings as he wants to lynch him.

It will put the woman to question her ideals as she is put to the test. In a world of bigotry she must figure what is true to herself. This a fascinating friendship.
Kristin
A Peach For Big Jim is a book that is heartbreaking at times, yet it has some beautiful moments as well. I loved Big Jim, Widow Jones and Chloe, and the latter has a great character arc going from an innocent girl to maturing a bit during the novel. The characters are in general well developed and so is the storyline. I would highly recommend this book.
Cheryl
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A terrific story

The words take you to the old South, stepped in history and long ago relationships. The power of the words is remarkable, transporting your mind to a time when races were not to interminable in any form of the word, even friendship. A very emotional dirty and one i would wholeheartedly recommend.
Firetruckmama
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I won a Kindle edition of this book in a Goodreads giveaway, for which I'd like to thank the publisher and the author.

I was surprised to really enjoy this book. It was a quick and engaging read and very thought provoking. I liked the main characters (Big Jim and Chloe) and felt they were well developed. Also, everyone needs a Widow Jones in their lives.
Mary
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads give away. Although the language was not something I loved - I did love the message underneath it all. The message of forgiveness and love no matter your skin color is a much needed one.
Deborah
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riveting

Good description of the south in the 1940’s and the racism that existed. Couldn’t put it down, stayed with me all day long.
Mary
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kept my interest from the first page to the last
Colleen
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This book takes place in the 1940s So. Carolina, & when racial tensions were high in the deep south. Thirteen year old Chloe had always heard stories from her father & brother & others about a boy named “Big Jim” but one day as she was walking home & her hat blew away, she ended up falling in the swamp trying to retrieve it & It was Big Jim who saved her from a gator. After that she came to know him & realized all these things were ...more
Melissa T
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book on good reads first read. Thank you!

I could not put this book down! It was very suspenseful and it kept you thinking.

I’m glad it turned out the way it did for Big Jim and Chloe.
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