Jamaica Kincaid is out with her first novel in ten years, See Now Then, but she hasn’t been idle, steadily publishing non-fiction and essays in the span between 2002’s Mr. Potter and now. Kincaid is a many-faceted woman: Antiguan native, contented Vermont gardener, improbable literary success story, fierce critic of European colonialism. She is also, most likely, one of the most anthologized writers of the past few decades. Anyone who’s taken a writing or intro lit class recently has no doubt read her short story (or prose-poem) “Girl.”
With Kincaid in the news for her new book, the New Yorker’s Page-Turner blog caught up with one of her admirers, Haitian-American author and fellow New Yorker columnist Edwidge Danticat and asked her to read two of Kincaid’s classic stories, “Girl” and “Wingless,” published in the New Yorker in 1978 and ’79, for their fiction podcast. Danticat gladly obliged (hear the audio above), but not before briefly discussing her relationship to Kincaid and her work.
And for more on the new book, listen to the NPR Kincaid interview with All Things Considered’s Celeste Headlee. Kincaid discusses writing, the themes of the new novel, and the autobiographical content in her work. You can read an excerpt from See Here Now here.
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