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.
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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...| Read Full Review of My Brother
My Brother packs the familial subplots of novelist Kincaid's life into the story of her younger brother's 1996 death from AIDS.Nov 07 1997 | Read Full Review of My Brother
This sixth book by Antiguan-born Kincaid is a thoughtful memoir about her youngest brother Devon's AIDS-related death.| Read Full Review of My Brother
Jamaica Kincaid has built a top-drawer literary reputation through the painful strip-mining of her family history.Oct 20 1997 | Read Full Review of My Brother
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