Jamaica Kincaid

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Jamaica Kincaid

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born
in St. Johns, Antigua and Barbuda
May 25, 1949

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Jamaica Kincaid is a novelist, gardener, and former reporter for The New Yorker Magazine. She is a Professor of Literature at Claremont-McKenna College.


Average rating: 3.70 · 18,916 ratings · 1,754 reviews · 22 distinct works · Similar authors
A Small Place
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 4,019 ratings — published 1988 — 10 editions
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Annie John
3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 3,731 ratings — published 1985 — 21 editions
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Lucy
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 3,546 ratings — published 1990 — 16 editions
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The Autobiography of My Mother
3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 1,803 ratings — published 1995 — 19 editions
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My Brother
3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 825 ratings — published 1997 — 13 editions
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At the Bottom of the River
3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 622 ratings — published 1983 — 12 editions
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See Now Then
2.72 of 5 stars 2.72 avg rating — 630 ratings — published 2012 — 10 editions
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Girl
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 233 ratings — published 1978
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My Garden (Book)
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 217 ratings — published 1999 — 5 editions
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Mr. Potter
3.29 of 5 stars 3.29 avg rating — 248 ratings — published 2002 — 11 editions
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February 2013, Jamaica Kincaid
"The celebrated author discusses the intersection between autobiography and fiction in See Now Then, her new novel about marriage, love, and hate." ...More

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“There's something to be said about a slightly plump person—you have just enough of too much.”
Jamaica Kincaid

“Friendship is a simple thing, and yet complicated; friendship is on the surface, something natural, something taken for granted, and yet underneath one could find worlds.”
Jamaica Kincaid

“You are not an ugly person all the time; you are not an ugly person ordinarily; you are not an ugly person day to day. From day to day, you are a nice person. From day to day, all the people who are supposed to love you on the whole do. From day to day, as you walk down a busy street in the large and modern and prosperous city in which you work and lie, dismayed and puzzled at how alone you can feel in this crowd, how awful it is to go unnoticed, how awful it is to go unloved, even as you are surrounded by more people than you could possibly get to know in a lifetime that lasted for millennia and then out of the corner of your eye you see someone looking at you and absolute pleasure is written all over the person's face, and then you realize that you are not as revolting a presence as you think you are. And so, ordinarily, you are a nice person, an attractive person, a person capable of drawing to yourself the affection of other people, a person at home in your own skin: a person at home in your own house, with its nice backyard, at home on your street, your church, in community activities, your job, at home with your family, your relatives, your friends - you are a whole person.”
Jamaica Kincaid, A Small Place

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