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At the Bottom of the River

 
 
 
 
At the Bottom of the River
Author: Jamaica Kincaid
ISBN 13: 9780374527341
ISBN 10: 374527342
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: 2000-10-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 96
List Price: $13.00
 
 

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.

Publishers Weekly

Kincaid's first collection focuses on a nameless, blossoming Caribbean girl. According to PW , ``The voice--incantatory, lyric, rhapsodic--is closer to the condition of poetry and music than to fiction in any of its ordinary registers.'' (Jan.)