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Jamaica Kincaid's incantatory, poetic, and often shockingly frank recounting of her brother Devon Drew's life is also the story of her family on the island of Antigua, a constellation centered on the powerful, sometimes threatening figure of the writer's mother. Kincaid's unblinking record of a life that ed too early speaks volumes about the difficult truths at the heart of all families.
Jamaica Kincaids novel is the haunting, deeply charged story of a womans life on the island of Dominica. Xuela Claudette Richardson, daughter of a Carib mother and a half-Scottish, half-African father, grows up in a harsh, loveless world after her mother dies in childbirth. Xuelas narrative provides a rich, vivid exploration of the Caribbean and the pervasive influence of colonialism. The Autobiography of My Mother is a story of love, fear, loss, and the forging of a character, an account of one womans inexorable evolution evoked in startling and magical poetry.
Reading and writing under slavery is a special literary topic for New Yorker writer Jamaica Kincaid. Recorded on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. as part of the Andrea Neves and Barton Evans Social Justice Lecture Series at Sonoma State University.