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The Autobiography of My Mother
JAMAICA KINCAID

The Autobiography of My Mother by Jamaica Kincaid
32 reviews (1996) (228p)
National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Finalist
PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist

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Book Description
After her mother dies at birth, Xuela is left by her father with his laundress for the next seven years in a home where she feels no love or affection, so when she moves in with her father's friends, the LaBattes, she finds pleasure however she can. Reprint. NYT.


Amazon.com Review
"My mother died at the moment I was born, and so for my whole life there was nothing standing between myself and eternity," writes Jamaica Kincaid in this disturbing, compelling novel set on the island of Dominica. Born to a doomed Carib woman and a Scottish African policeman of increasing swagger and wealth, narrator Xuela spends a lifetime unanchored by family or love. She disdains the web of small and big lies that link others, allowing only pungent, earthy sensuality--a mix of blood and dirt and sex--to move her. Even answering its siren call, though, Xuela never loses sight of the sharp loss that launched her into the world and the doors through which she will take her leave.


Other Award Winning Books by Jamaica Kincaid
Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid
75 reviews (1985) (148p) (LATimes)
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At the Bottom of the River by Jamaica Kincaid
9 reviews (1983) (96p) (PF)
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Jamaica Kincaid Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 3  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 2  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 0  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 1 The Autobiography of My Mother ·  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 0  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 2 At the Bottom of the River · The Autobiography of My Mother ·  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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