JIM THE BOY is a straightforward book: the plot, which follows a year in the life of a 10-year-old boy, has no twists and turns. Author Earley's language is clear and concise, never verbose, and decidedly irony-free. However, simple in this context is not equal to non-complex or brainless fluff. Though situated in the tiny town of Aliceville, North Carolina during the Great Depression, JIM THE BOY conveys the universal wonderment and emotion of being human.
The story opens on a sunny summer day at the McBride family farm. A hearty breakfast is being served to three unmarried brothers (Zeno, Coran, and Al) by their widowed sister, Elizabeth "Cissy