At the Bottom of the River

by Jamaica Kincaid

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Tags: Set in Antigua and Barbuda Female author

At the Bottom of the River

At the Bottom of the River is Jamaica Kincaid's first published work, a selection of inter-connected prose poems told from the perspective of a young Afro-Caribbean girl. Collecting pieces written for the New Yorker and the Paris Review between 1978 and 1982, including the seminal 'Girl', these stunning works announced a fully-formed, generational talent and firmly established the themes that Kincaid would continue to return to in her later work: the loss of childhood, the fractious nature of mother-daughter relationships, the intangible beauty of the natural world, and the striving for independence in a colonial landscape. Powerful and lyrical, this is an unforgettable collection from a unique and necessary literary voice.

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