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Can You Tell a Lot About Debut Novelists From Their Times Book Review Covers?

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THE BOOK
Jim the Boy by Tony Earley
6/11/00
Reviewed by Walter Kirn

PRE-REVIEW BUZZ
Praise from Granta for his 1994 story collection made his first novel a good-size event among the lit in-crowd.

LEAST-FAVORABLE PART OF THE REVIEW
“A soulful old black man who may as well be Uncle Remus pops up once or twice, usually peeling an apple … ”

SALES
129,000


CAREER TRAJECTORY
Another slow one: The Blue Star is due in ’08. TheTimes said his 2001 essay collection, Somehow Form a Family, could be called “Somehow Earn a Living.”


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