My Brother by Jamaica Kincaid

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Jamaica Kincaid's brother Devon Drew died of AIDS on January 19, 1996, at the age of thirty-three. Kincaid's incantatory, poetic, and often shockingly frank recounting of her brother's life and death is also a story of her family on the island of Antigua, a constellation centered on the powerful, sometimes threatening figure of the writer's mother. My Brother is an unblinking record of a life that ended too early, and it speaks volumes about the difficult truths at the heart of all families.

My Brother is a 1997 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.


About Jamaica Kincaid

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Jamaica Kincaid was born in St. John's, Antigua. Her books include At the Bottom of the River, Annie John, Lucy, The Autobiography of My Mother, My Brother, and Mr. Potter, all published by FSG. She lives with her family in Vermont.
Published November 9, 1998 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 208 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Humor & Entertainment, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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The death of Kincaid's brother from AIDS results in a book that is lyrically beautiful and emotionally forceful, but lacking a deep examination of its many themes.

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""I became a writer out of desperation, so when I first heard my brother was dying I was familiar with the act of saving myself: I would write about him."" The result of Kincaid's self-preserving urge is a memoir that has less to do with her AIDS-afflicted, Rastafarian brother (whom she knew only...

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My Brother packs the familial subplots of novelist Kincaid's life into the story of her younger brother's 1996 death from AIDS.

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This sixth book by Antiguan-born Kincaid is a thoughtful memoir about her youngest brother Devon's AIDS-related death.

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Jamaica Kincaid has built a top-drawer literary reputation through the painful strip-mining of her family history.

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