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“If All of Rochester Read the Same Book…” 2009

For its 9th annual Spring community reading program, “If All of Rochester Read the Same Book…,” Writers & Books has selected the 2000 novel Jim the Boy by Tony Earley.

JimtheBoySelected by Granta as one of America’s best young writers and featured in The New Yorker’s best young fiction issue, Tony Earley [in Jim the Boy] now gives us a luminous portrait of a ten-year-old boy growing up in the Depression-era town of Aliceville, North Carolina. At once delightful and wise, Jim the Boy brilliantly captures the pleasures and fears of youth at a time when America itself was young and struggling to come into its own. Jim the Boy will appeal to the readers who loved classics like To Kill a Mockingbird, Ellen Foster, and A Member of the Wedding.

Download a printable version of the reader’s guide here.

Download a printable calendar of events here.

To listen to clips from Paul Burch’s album based on the characters of Jim the Boy, click here:

Fri., March 27 7:30-10:00pm An Intimate Evening with Tony Earley4 Writers & Books 740 University Ave. ROCHESTER $12 W&B members, $10 students, $15 non-members. For tickets call (585) 473-2590 x107.


Comments from reviews of Jim the Boy:

Tony Earley has a wonderful gift for deep observation, exact and wise and often funny.

—The New York Times

Jim the Boy is a delight. A sweet, graceful novel that charms the reader with marvelous language, honest emotion, and authentic characters who are no less human, no less complex, for being sincere and straightforward, and good…. Earley is a wonderful writer.

—Alice McDermott, author of Charming Billy

With the calm, measured quiet of a writer who knows absolutely what he is about, Tony Earley renders luminous one boy, one family, one very small town–and, by delicate implication, the wide world just beyond that charmed circle.

Andrea Barrett, author of The Voyage of the Narwhal