My Garden by Jamaica Kincaid

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One of our finest writers on one of her greatest loves. Jamaica Kincaid's first garden in Vermont was a plot in the middle of her front lawn. There, to the consternation of more experienced friends, she planted only seeds of the flowers she liked best. In My Garden (Book) she gathers all she loves about gardening and plants, and examines it generously, passionately, and with sharp, idiosyncratic discrimination. Kincaid's affections are matched in intensity only by her dislikes. She loves spring and summer but cannot bring herself to love winter, for it hides the garden. She adores the rhododendron Jane Grant, and appreciates ordinary Blue Lake string beans, but abhors the Asiatic lily. The sources of her inspiration -- seed catalogues, the gardener Gertrude Jekyll, gardens like Monet's at Giverny -- are subjected to intense scrutiny. She also examines the idea of the garden on Antigua, where she grew up. My Garden (Book) is an intimate, playful, and penetrating book on gardens, the plants that fill them, and the persons who tend them.


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 May 15, 2001 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 229 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Books and reading, too, are at the center of Kincaid’s work: books about gardens and gardening and books on horticulture and botany, but most of all seed and plant catalogues, the gardeners’ wish books.

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""I wanted a garden that looked like something I had in my mind's eye, but exactly what that might be I did not know and even now do not know."" Celebrated novelist Kincaid (The Autobiography of My Mother) should delight fans of her fiction and connoisseurs of the literature of horticulture with ...

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Read an Excerpt Jamaica Kincaid is a gardener after my own heart --- with a healthy respect for the ordered and manipulated gardens of the British Empire, she lets her gardens grow wildly.

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