WHO: Jamaica Kincaid
WHAT: Writer and immigrant
WHEN: May 25, 1949
WHERE: Born in St John's, Antigua and Barbuda; currently resides in Bennington, Vermont
WORK WE HAVE HERE AT LC:
Annie John: "A fictional account of a young girl's coming of age in Antigua, from a doted upon childhood to an adolescence fraught with events and alliances leading her away from mutual complacent acceptance."
"Out of the corner of one eye, I could see my mother. Out of the corner of the other eye, I could see her shadow on the wall, cast there by the lamp-light. It was a big and solid shadow, and it looked so much like my mother that I became frightened. For I could not be sure whether for the rest of my life I would be able to tell when it was really my mother and when it was really her shadow standing between me and the rest of the world.” (from Annie John)
"I'm someone who writes to save her life. I mean, I can't imagine what I would do if I didn't write. I would be dead or I would be in jail because--what else could I do? I can't really do anything but write. All the things that were available to someone in my position involved being a subject person. And I'm very bad at being a subject person." (from the New York Times Magazine)