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This is a collection of Jamaica Kincaid's earliest published writings: her inspired, lyrical short stories.

These stories plunge the listener gently into another way of perceiving both the physical world and its elusive inhabitants. Her narrative is, by turns, naïvely whimsical and biblical in its assurance, and it speaks of what is partially remembered, partly divined. The memories often concern a childhood in the Caribbean - family, manners, and landscape - as distilled and transformed by Kincaid's special style and vision.

Kincaid leads us to consider, as if for the first time, the powerful ties between mother and child, the beauty and destructiveness of nature, the gulf between the masculine and the feminine, the significance of such familiar things as a house, a cup, a pen. Transfiguring our human form and our surroundings - shedding skin, darkening an afternoon, painting a perfect place - these stories tell us something we didn't know, in a way we hadn't expected.

©2000 Jamaica Kincaid (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • 01-02-20

glitch in audio

There is a glitch in the second story in the audio, where I am currently reading in the book. Please fix ASAP.

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  • Shatasha
  • 27-02-19

Sound was missing on several stories

Half of the stories had no audio. I don't know if this is a technical glitch or if the narrator got tired, but I felt as if I wasted my credit on this audio book.