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‘James’ by Percival Everett

Percival Everett’s new novel amends Mark Twain’s classic tale [Huckleberry Finn] with the enslaved sidekick, Jim, at its center … What sets “James” above Everett’s previous novels, as casually and caustically funny as many are, is that here the humanity is turned up — way up. This is Everett’s most thrilling novel, but also his most soulful. Beneath the wordplay, and below the packed dirt floor of Everett’s moral sensibility, James is an intensely imagined human being. Read more

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