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Kincaid, Jamaica

Works: 308 works in 1,183 publications in 18 languages and 44,342 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Short stories  Bildungsromans  Autobiographies  Essays  Biographies  Documentary films  Travel writing  Film adaptations 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Interviewee, Author of dialog, Speaker, Author of introduction, Other, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Scenarist, Contributor
Classifications: PR9275.A583, 813.54
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Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid( Book )

109 editions published between 1983 and 2020 in 14 languages and held by 3,270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Episodes from the young life of Annie John, aged 10 to 17, as she grows up on the Caribbean Island of Antigua. This is a magical coming-of-age tale, ripe with the special ambience of its tropical setting and sustained by Annie's far from naive awareness of the world around her. Death, illness, and poverty intrude on the narrator's perceptive sensibility from time to time, but even these experiences instruct her and expand her understanding of life and its shifting reality. Although Annie leaves Antigua at the end of the novel for a new role as a student in England, the hollowness she feels at her departure is balanced by the new self that awaits her as she begins the search for her own identity. A poetic and intensely moving work from the author of At the Bottom of the River
Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid( Book )

94 editions published between 1979 and 2018 in 13 languages and held by 2,777 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lucy has left the West Indies for a job in New York, but she discovers that her employers' perfect lives are not what they seem
The autobiography of my mother by Jamaica Kincaid( Book )

74 editions published between 1994 and 2019 in 10 languages and held by 2,443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The West Indian narrator vents her bitterness at the unhappy life fate dealt her--mother died in childbirth, father ignored her, stepmother tried to kill her, at school she had an abortion. Finally, she married a white doctor, but it was impossible for her to love him because he was a colonialist. She draws parallels with the despair of her country--Dominica--attributing it to the legacy of slavery. By the author of Lucy
At the bottom of the river by Jamaica Kincaid( Book )

70 editions published between 1983 and 2020 in 7 languages and held by 1,724 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of short works by the acclaimed West Indian author follows the ties between mother and child, the beauty and destructiveness of nature, the gulf between man and woman, and the significance of familiar objects
Mr. Potter by Jamaica Kincaid( Book )

33 editions published between 2002 and 2020 in 7 languages and held by 1,539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jamaica Kincaid's first obsession, the island of Antigua, comes vibrantly to life under the gaze of Mr. Potter, an illiterate taxi chauffeur who makes his living along the wide, open roads that pass the only towns he has ever seen and the graveyard where he will be buried. The sun shines squarely overhead, the ocean lies on every side, and suppressed passion fills the air. Misery infects the unstudied, slow pace of this island and of Mr. Potter's days. As Kincaid's narrative unfolds in linked vignettes, his story becomes the story of a vital, crippled community. Kincaid strings together a moving picture of Mr. Potter's ancestors -- beginning with memories of his father, a poor fisherman, and his mother, who committed suicide -- and the outside world that presses in on his life, in the form of his Lebanese employer and, later, a couple fleeing World War II. Within these surroundings, Mr. Potter struggles to live at ease: to purchase a car, to have girlfriends, to shake off the encumbrance of his daughters -- one of whom will return to Antigua after he dies, and will tell his story with equal measures of distance and sympathy. In Mr. Potter, her most luminous, ambitious work to date, Kincaid breathes life into a figure unlike any in contemporary fiction, an individual consciousness emerging gloriously out of an unexamined life
See now then by Jamaica Kincaid( Book )

25 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this novel, a marriage is revealed in all its joys and agonies. A mother, a father, and their two children, living in a small village in New England, move, in their own minds, between the present, the past, and the future, constrained by the world, the characters despairing in their domestic situations. But their minds wander, trying to make linear sense of what is, in fact, nonlinear. This is a piercing examination of the manifold ways in which the passing of time operates on the human consciousness
The best American short stories, 1995 : selected from U.S. and Canadian magazines by Jane Smiley( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of periodicals. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected, and most popular, of its kind
The best American short stories, 2001 : selected from U.S. and Canadian magazines by Barbara Kingsolver( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 497 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compilation of twenty-four American short stories by authors such as Mary Gordon, Robert Olen Butler, Alice Adams, and Jamaica Kincaid. Includes a list of 100 additional notable stories from 1995
See now then : a novel by Jamaica Kincaid( Recording )

12 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A marriage is revealed in all its joys and agonies. A mother, a father, and their two children, living in a small village in New England, move in their own minds, between the present, the past, and the future
My favorite plant : writers and gardeners on the plants they love( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The passion for gardening and the passion for words come together in this inspired anthology, a collection of essays on topics as diverse as beans and roses, by writers who garden and by gardeners who write. Among the contributors are Christopher Lloyd, on poppies Marina Warner, who remembers the Guinee rose and Henri Cole, who offers poems on the bearded iris and on peonies. There is also an explanation of the sexiness of castor beans from Michael Pollan and an essay from Maxine Kumin on how, as Henry David Thoreau put it, one "[makes] the earth say beans instead of grass." Most of the essays are new in print, but Colette, Katharine S. White, D.H. Lawrence, and several other old favorites make appearances. Jamaica Kincaid, the much-admired writer and a passionate gardener herself, rounds up this diverse crew. A wonderful gift for green thumbs, My Favorite Plant is a happy collection of fresh takes on old friends"--
Jamaica's songs ; U-Don rock ; River of the Trunk by Su Lian Tan( )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Annie, Gwen, Lilly, Pam, and Tulip by Jamaica Kincaid( Book )

10 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A small place by Jamaica Kincaid( Book )

50 editions published between 1988 and 2020 in 7 languages and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'If you go to Antigua as a tourist, this is what you will see ... ' So begins Jamaica Kincaid's powerful portrait of the damaged paradise that was her childhood home. The island of Antigua is a magical place of breathtaking beauty - with cloudless skies, dazzling blue waters, and majestic sunsets. But it is also a place of dramatic contrasts. What one doesn't see when on holiday on this ten-by-twelve-mile island in the British West Indies is the sweeping corruption, the dilapidated schools and hospitals and homes, and the shameful legacy of its colonial past. In A Small Place, Jamaica Kincaid candidly appraises where she grew up, and makes palpable the impact of European colonisation and tourism. The book is a missive to the traveller, whether American or European, who wants to escape the banality and corruption of some large place, Kincaid, eloquent and resolute, reminds us that the Antiguan people, formerly British subjects, are unable to escape the same drawbacks of their own tiny realm - that behind the benevolent Caribbean scenery are human lives, always complex and often fraught with injustice. -- From book flap
The best American travel writing 2005( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jamaica Kincaid has assembled twenty-five pieces that showcase the wonder of curiosity and discovery in the face of the unknown. Seth Stevenson gives a hilarious account of disliking a destination. Simon Winchester cherishes a brief encounter with a remote location and gracious hosts. Madison Smartt Bell allows the spirits to guide him in Haiti, while Jim Harrison follows his stomach to a thirty-seven-course meal in France. Ian Frazier proves that one needn't stray far from home to experience real travel as he examines Route 3, the highway that runs between his New Jersey suburb and New York City."--Jacket
The Best American Essays, 1995( Book )

6 editions published between 1995 and 2000 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes essays by Joseph Brodsky, William H. Gass, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Edward Hoagland, Edna O'Brien, Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley, John Edgar Wideman, and Tobias Wolff, among others
Party : a mystery by Jamaica Kincaid( Book )

3 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pam, Beth and Sue are at a party celebrating the Nancy Drew mystery books, when they discover a mystery at the party itself
Poetics of place by Lynn Geesaman( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life and Debt by Stephanie Black( Visual )

18 editions published between 2001 and 2019 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in Jamaica, this film is a case study of how contemporary free trade policies and global financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and World Trade Organization affect the economies of developing nations. Includes interviews with IMF Deputy Director Stanley Fischer, Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Jamaica's former Prime Minister Michael Manley as well as tourists, farmers, Rastafarians, factory workers and others
Readings & conversations : reading by Jamaica Kincaid ; conversation with William Gass( Visual )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antiguan novelist Jamaica Kincaid reads from and is interviewed about her work
The autobiography of my mother by Jamaica Kincaid( Recording )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2019 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seventy-year-old Xuela Claudette Richardson explores the mysteries of her hybrid cultural origins and her parents who failed to be parents
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Annie John
LucyThe autobiography of my motherAt the bottom of the riverMr. PotterThe best American short stories, 1995 : selected from U.S. and Canadian magazinesThe best American short stories, 2001 : selected from U.S. and Canadian magazinesMy favorite plant : writers and gardeners on the plants they loveA small place
Alternative Names
Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid Amerikaans schrijfster

Jamaica Kincaid amerikansk författare

Jamaica Kincaid amerikansk skribent

Jamaica Kincaid antiguanisch-amerikanische Schriftstellerin

Jamaica Kincaid antiguańsko-amerykańska pisarka

Jamaica Kincaid antigva-usona verkistino

Jamaica Kincaid écrivain américaine

Jamaica Kincaid écrivaine américaine

Jamaica Kincaid escriptora

Jamaica Kincaid escritora caribenha

Jamaica Kincaid novelë

Jamaica Kincaid scrittrice statunitense

Jamaica Kincaid US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin

Kincaid, Jamaica

Kincaid, Jamaica 1949-

Ḳinḳes, Gʾameḳah 1949-

Potter Richardson, Elaine 1949-

Potter Richardson , Elaine Cynthia

Qînqêyd, Ǧameiqā 1949-

Richardson, Elaine Cynthia Potter 1949-

Richardson , Elaine Potter

Richardson, Elaine Potter 1949-

Кинкейд, Джамайка

ג'מייקה קינקייד סופרת אנטיגואנית-אמריקאית

جامايكا كينكيد كاتبة أمريكية

جامیکا کینکید نویسنده آمریکایی

킨케이드, 자메이카 1949-

キンケイド, ジャメイカ



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