From the recipient of the 2010 Clifton Fadiman Medal comes an unforgettable novel of one woman's courageous coming of age.Powerful, disturbing, and stirring, Jamaica Kincaid's novel is the deeply charged story of a woman's life on the island of Dominica. Xuela Claudette Richardson, the 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.Jamaica Kincaid takes us from Xuela's childhood in a home where she can hear the song of the sea to the tin-roofed room where she lives as a schoolgirl in the house of Jack La Batte, 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 intensely physical world is redolent of overripe fruit, gentian violet, sulfur, and rain on the road. It seethes with her sorrow, her deep sympathy for those who share her history, her fear of her father, and her desperate loneliness. But underlying all is "the black room of the world" that is Xuela's barrenness and life without a mother.The Autobiography of My Mother is a story of love, fear, loss, and the forging of character, an account of one woman's inexorable evolution, evoked in startling and magical poetry.
Click the Download button to download a copy of the MARC file.
Enter your FTP details below to send the MARC export file via FTP.
by Jamaica Kincaid
by Paule Marshall
by Marlon James
by Hannah Pittard
by Aminatta Forna
by Lalita Tademy
by Edwidge Danticat
by Austin Clarke
"Narrator Robin Miles defiantly voices the character Xuela in this fictional autobiography. While it's easy to be lulled by the seemingly simple story and Miles's Caribbean lilt, each vignette is characterized by Xuela's astute observations on gender and nationality. Jamaica Kincaid's writing is often described as lyrical. Miles brings that poetry to listener's ears, where it sings. It's tempting to fear or despise the characters introduced by Xuela, even to despise Xuela herself, but the story reminds us that she was an orphan from birth. This is not said to evoke sympathy but rather to convey that Xuela was raised without maternal protection and had to weave that blanket for herself. Miles continually brings listeners back to Xuela's stark reality and her will to survive. M.P.P. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
Sign up for our email newsletter