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Author of the Month: Jamaica Kincaid

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Born Elaine Potter Richardson in Antigua in 1949 (she adopted her pen-name in 1973), Jamaica Kincaid’s work draws heavily on her own life, and is written with the powerful anger and rhetoric of a jeremiad. Much of her early writing appeared in the New Yorker under the tutelage of its veteran editor William Shawn, including the serialisation of her novel Lucy as well as many pieces for the ‘Talk of the Town’ column.  ‘Like ‘The Ancient Mariner’ in Coleridge’s poem,’ wrote the Boston Herald, ‘Kincaid will not let you go until you’ve heard her tale.’

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An adored only child, Annie has until recently lived a peaceful and content life. She is inseparable from her beautiful mother, a powerful and influential presence, who sits at the very centre of the little girl’s existence. Loved and…

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In this acclaimed travel memoir Jamaica Kincaid chronicles a spectacular and exotic three-week trek through the Himalayan land of Nepal, where she and her companions are gathering seeds for planting at home. The natural world and, in…

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Lucy, a teenage girl from the West Indies, comes to North America to work as an au pair for Lewis and Mariah and their four children. At first glance Lewis and Mariah are a blessed couple – handsome, rich, and seemingly happy. Almost…

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At the Bottom of the River is Jamaica Kincaid’s first published work, a selection of inter-connected prose poems told from the perspective of a young Afro-Caribbean girl.Collecting pieces written for the New Yorker and the Paris…

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Xuela Claudette Richardson is recalling the last seventy years of her life, and so she must begin with her birth, and the accompanying death of her mother.Xuela’s vivid, visceral recollections of the lonely, unsettled life that…

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With a new preface by the author.‘If you go to Antigua as a tourist, this is what you will see…’So begins Jamaica Kincaid’s powerful portrait of the damaged paradise that was her childhood home.The island of Antigua…

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The story of an ordinary man, his century, and his home: "Kincaid's most poetic and affecting novel to date" (Robert Antoni, The Washington Post Book World)Jamaica Kincaid's first obssession, the island of Antigua, comes vibrantly to life…

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One of our finest writers on one of her greatest loves.Jamaica Kincaid's first garden in Vermont was a plot in the middle of her front lawn. There, to the consternation of more experienced friends, she planted only seeds of the flowers she…

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From "The Talk of the Town," Jamaica Kincaid's first impressions of snobbish, mobbish New YorkTalk Pieces is a collection of Jamaica Kincaid's original writing for the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town," composed during the time when…

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Jamaica Kincaid's brother Devon Drew died of AIDS on January 19, 1996, at the age of thirty-three. Kincaid's incantatory, poetic, and often shockingly frank recounting of her brother's life and death is also a story of her family on the…

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