At the Bottom of the River

At the Bottom of the River

by Jamaica Kincaid
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At the Bottom of the River by Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid's inspired, lyrical short stories

Reading Jamaica Kincaid is to plunge, gently, into another way of seeing both the physical world and its elusive inhabitants. Her voice is, by turns, naively whimsical and biblical in its assurance, and it speaks of what is partially remembered partly divined. The memories often concern a childhood in the Caribbean—family, manners, and landscape—as distilled and transformed by Kincaid's special style and vision.

Kincaid leads her readers to consider, as if for the first time, the powerful ties between mother and child; the beauty and destructiveness of nature; the gulf between the masculine and the feminine; the significance of familiar things—a house, a cup, a pen. Transfiguring our human form and our surroundings—shedding skin, darkening an afternoon, painting a perfect place—these stories tell us something we didn't know, in a way we hadn't expected.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452267541
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/1992
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Jamaica Kincaid, born in St. John’s, Antigua, is the author of short stories, novels, and nonfiction. Her 2013 novel See Now Then was a New York Times bestseller. A former reporter for the New Yorker magazine, she is a professor of literature at Claremont-McKenna College in California.

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At the Bottom of the River 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must have in anyone's personal collection. Jamica Kincaid is profound and brilliant. I don't relate to other girls and women well, but I can relate to all that she has to say!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago