The Autobiography of My Mother: A Novel

The Autobiography of My Mother: A Novel

by Jamaica Kincaid
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The Autobiography of My Mother: A Novel by Jamaica Kincaid

Powerful, disturbing, stirring, Jamaica Kincaid's novel is the deeply charged story of a woman's life on the island of Dominica. Xuela Claudette Richardson, daughter of a Carib mother and a half-Scottish, half-African father, loses her mother to death the moment she is born and must find her way on her own.
Kincaid takes us from Xuela's childhood in a home where she could hear the song of the sea to the tin-roofed room where she lives as a schoolgirl in the house of Jack Labatte, who becomes her first lover. Xuela develops a passion for the stevedore Roland, who steals bolts of Irish linen for her from the ships he unloads, but she eventually marries an English doctor, Philip Bailey. Xuela's is an intensely physical world, redolent of overripe fruit, gentian violet, sulfur, and rain on the road, and it seethes with her sorrow, her deep sympathy for those who share her history, her fear of her father, her desperate loneliness. But underlying all is "the black room of the world" that is Xuela's barrenness and motherlessness.

The Autobiography of My Mother is a story of love, fear, loss, and the forging of a character, an account of one woman's inexorable evolution evoked in startling and magical poetry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466828841
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 01/15/1996
Series: FSG Classics
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 782,613
File size: 799 KB

About the Author

Jamaica Kincaid was born in St. John's, Antigua. Her books include At the Bottom of the River, Annie John, Lucy, The Autobiography of My Mother, and My Brother. She lives with her family in Vermont.


Jamaica Kincaid was born in St. John's, Antigua. Her books include At the Bottom of the River, Annie John, Lucy, The Autobiography of My Mother, and My Brother. She lives with her family in Vermont.

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Autobiography of My Mother 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
HildasSon More than 1 year ago
A definite read filled with a mixture stark experiences and allegory...
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ashleighbh More than 1 year ago
This must not be my preferred style of book. I kept waiting for the story to get interesting, but no such luck. The author was very descriptive, but the descriptions seemed to wander off track. By the time I would finish one of the many unnecessarily long sentences I would forget what she was originally talking about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago