Jim the Boy

Tony Earley

A coming of age story of 10 year old Jim in rural North Carolina in 1934. Jim lives with his mom, his dad died when he was a baby, and three uncles, all unmarried. They live a simple, uncomplicated life, but the world is starting to intrude. A new school in the small community is a consolidated school, so new students arrive and the school world enlarges. Jim is old enough to travel a bit with his uncles, and he sees the ocean for the first time. And electricity come to the small town.

This is a simple tale, told simply. Earley has written a sequel, The Blue Star, which picks up Jim's story at the beginning of WWII, but this book, for me, was a nice change of pace from the thrillers and sci-fi I usually read.