Jim the Boy

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Jim the Boy
First edition cover
First edition cover
Author Tony Earley
Cover artist Jacket design by Michael Ian Kaye
Jacket art by Ross MacDonald
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Little, Brown and Co.
Publication date
June 2000
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 240 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN ISBN 0-316-19964-8 (first edition, hardback)
OCLC 42021547
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3555.A685 J55 2000

Jim the Boy is a coming-of-age novel by Tony Earley, published by Little, Brown and Co. in 2000. It details a year in the life of Jim Glass, who lives, with his mother and three uncles, in the small fictional town of Aliceville, North Carolina. It is about a boy in a rural town who never really knew how vast the world actually was or how many people there were.

Allusions from other works[edit]

  • Nashville Musician Paul Burch, Earley's neighbor at the time, was asked to write an album based on the story lines and characters in the book. The album, Last of My Kind, was released by Merge Records in 2001.
  • In one scene Jan Karon's book In This Mountain, the local bookseller is seen reading Jim the Boy, noting (truthfully) that it was a book "which The New York Times had raved over."