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Grimsley, Jim 1955-

Works: 36 works in 141 publications in 7 languages and 6,863 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  History  Biography  Christmas stories  Autobiographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Film adaptations 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: PS3557.R4949, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Jim Grimsley
Dream boy by Jim Grimsley( Book )

17 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 821 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a small Southern town, Nathan, an unloved boy abused by his father forms a friendship with Roy, a boy next door. While studying algebra on Roy's bed, they engage in sexual acts, run off together, and drama follows. By the author of Winter Birds
My drowning : a novel by Jim Grimsley( Book )

14 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An old woman's reminiscences of a childhood spent in the tobacco and cotton fields of rural North Carolina. The father was illiterate, the mother drunk and life was lived in constant squalor
The ordinary by Jim Grimsley( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jim Grimsley's novels and short stories have been favorably compared to the works of Samuel R. Delany, Jack Vance, and Ursula K. Le Guin. Now he unleashes and ambitious and audacious collision between science and magic. The Twil Gate links two very different realms. On one side of the portal is Senal, an advanced technological civilization of some thiry billion inhabitants, all cybernetically linked and at war with machine intelligences many light-years away. On the other side is Irion, a land of myth and legend, where the world is flat and mighty wizards once ruled. Jedda Martele is a linguist and trader from Senal. Although fascinated by the languages and cultures of Irion, she shares her people's asssumption that Irion is backward and superstitious and no match for her homeland's superior numbers and technology. But as the two realms march inevitably toward war, Jedda finds herself at the center of historic, unimaginable events that will challenge everything she has ever believed about the world--and herself. The Ordinary is a powerful and entrancing tale of magic, science, and the mysterious truth that binds them together
Comfort & joy : a novel by Jim Grimsley( Book )

26 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A romance between two Southern gay men who come from different social classes: one is a doctor from an old Savannah family, who's never come out to his family; the other's mother hails from the backwoods of North Carolina, yet she is accepting of her HIV-positive son and only wants him to be happy. Everything comes together--or apart--one Christmas
Winter birds by Jim Grimsley( Book )

20 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel of domestic violence. Its perpetrator is Bobjay Crell, who is not the man he used to be. Since losing his arm in a farm accident he has been at the mercy of doctors, unforgiving landlords and the cruel farm bosses who deny him work. So he takes it out on his family, terrorizing his wife and their five small children, but one day they make their stand
Boulevard : a novel by Jim Grimsley( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Newell never really belonged in Pastel, Alabama. Ready for a change, he buys a one-way ticket to New Orleans. It's 1978 and the rambunctious city beckons with its famous promise of bright lights, excitement, and men everywhere. Newell finds a job in a pornographic bookstore and rents a room in the French Quarter. His good nature, good looks, and a daring stunt in a popular bar make him a quick favorite. Soon he has friends. Some are harmless, like Henry, a pudgy sidekick who's a frequent denizen of the porn shop's movie booths. Others prove more dangerous, like party-boy Mark, Newell's first beau, who has a penchant for recreational drugs. Finally, Newell encounters the volatile Jack, who shows Newell the blackest heart of the city. This novel reveals what can happen when dreams are fulfilled.--From publisher description
The last green tree by Jim Grimsley( Book )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three hundred years after the Conquest, as the Great Mage rules over all humankind, the long peace is over as a mysterious and omnipotent force rises on the planet Aramen, where sentient trees keep human symbionts as slaves
Forgiveness by Jim Grimsley( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A blackly comic tale of a bankrupt accounting executive who dreams of achieving stardom in the only way a pathetic failure can -- by murdering his wife
Mr. Universe and other plays by Jim Grimsley( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Oppenheimer Award for Best New American Playwright; Bryan Prize for Drama by the Fellowship of Southern Writers. In this collection, critically acclaimed novelist Jim Grimsley reveals his great gifts as a playwright in four powerful, award-winning plays presenting different worlds in collision and convergence. In "Mr. Universe," the rescue of a mute bodybuilder from the gritty streets of New Orleans by a couple of drag queens brings out the best and worst in them. In "The Lizard of Tarsus," an imprisoned Jesus (called J.) is interrogated by an ambitious follower, Paul of Tarsus. In "The Borderland," neighboring families representing two very different social classes are brought together during a storm. And in "Math and Aftermath," the two worlds of pornography and nuclear testing collide during a film shoot in the Marshall Islands. These plays (introduced by Romulus Linney, Reynolds Price, Kaye Gibbons, and Craig Lucas) demonstrate the differences that are matters of perception; together they establish Grimsley as a dramatist with imagination and nerve. A STAGE AND SCREEN BOOK CLUB selection
Kirith Kirin by Jim Grimsley( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jesus is sending you this message : (stories) by Jim Grimsley( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An expedition into the complex nature of human existence, Jim Grimsley's elegant and dexterous stories slowly, with a powerful voice, take an iron grip on his readers and offer an authentic vision of a stark, and oftening unforgiving, world. Grimsley explores the dark edges and limitations of the human soul in this collection: a bachelor believes Jesus is sending him a message on his commuter train; an oil tycoon finds the meaning of life in a wayward jet; a young southern woman hopes to find a larger purpose to life before it's too late. Grimsley's fondness for fantasy and sci-fi elements, such as human cloning, often show up in his stories, lending his writing another layer of the fantastical."--Page 4 of cover
Paul Green's The house of Connelly : a critical edition by Paul Green( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The House of Connelly is comparable to the writing of Tennessee Williams. A new edition of the play, it includes both the original tragic ending and the revised ending Green wrote. Provided are the writing, production and publication history, a scene-by-scene critical analysis, and a discussion of the 1934 film adaptation, Carolina"--
True fiction : an essay by Jim Grimsley( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author of Winter birds discusses the autobiographical basis for his novel
Dream boy : nach dem Bestseller-Roman von Jim Grimsley( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on the novel by Jim Grimsley, "Dream Boy" chronicles the relationship between two gay teenagers in the rural south in the late 70's. (Internet Movie Database,
<> by Jim Grimsley( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in Hebrew and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The south rises again [the renaissance of southern fiction]( Recording )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Comfort and joy by Jim Grimsley( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Jim Grimsley, March 11, 1998( Recording )

1 edition published in 1998 and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

How I shed my skin unlearning the racist lessons of a Southern childhood by Jim Grimsley( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In August of 1966, Jim Grimsley entered the sixth grade in the same public school he had attended for the five previous years, in his small eastern North Carolina hometown. But he knew that the first day of this school year was going to be different: for the first time he'd be in a classroom with black children. That was the year federally mandated integration of the schools went into effect, at first allowing students to change schools through "freedom of choice," replaced two years later by forced integration. For Jim, going to one of the private schools that almost immediately sprang up was not an option: his family was too poor to consider paying tuition, and while they shared the community's dismay over the mixing of the races, they had bigger, more immediate problems to contend with. Now, over forty years later, Grimsley, a critically acclaimed novelist, revisits that school and those times, remembering his own personal reaction to his first real exposure to black children and to their culture, and to his growing awareness of his own mostly unrecognized racist attitudes. Good White People is both true and deeply moving, an important work that takes readers inside those classrooms and onto the playing fields as, ever so tentatively, alliances were forged and friendships established
Kirisu = kirin( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in Japanese and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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My drowning : a novel
Alternative Names
Jim Grimsley American writer

Jim Grimsley US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

גרימסלי, ג׳ים 1955-

גרימסלי, ג'ים

グリムズリー, ジム

English (86)

German (19)

French (12)

Spanish (4)

Hebrew (3)

Dutch (3)

Japanese (1)

My drowning : a novelThe ordinaryComfort & joy : a novelWinter birdsBoulevard : a novelThe last green treeForgivenessMr. Universe and other plays