At a glance:
- Author: Jamaica Kincaid
- First Published: 1985
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Bildungsroman
- Time of Work: Mid-l950’s to mid-1960’s
- Setting: Antigua, West Indies
- Characters: Annie John, Annie’s mother, Annie’s father, Gweneth Joseph, Ma Chess, The Red Girl
- Genres: Long fiction, Bildungsroman, Domestic realism, Novel
- Subjects: 1950's, African Americans, Girls, Maturation or coming of age, 1960's, Child rearing or parenting, Children, Mothers, Parents and children, Caribbean, Adolescence, Blacks, Colonialism, Colonies or colonization, Teenagers
- Locales: Central America and West Indies, Antigua and Barbuda
Jamaica Kincaid wrote Annie John shortly after the publication of At the Bottom of the River (1983), a volume of short stories. Though very different in tone and style from her first book, Annie John deals with much of the same material. Where the writing in At the Bottom of the River is ornately textured and impressionistic, however, Annie John adheres much more closely to the conventions of realism. The result is that the two books read as companion volumes. At the Bottom of the River is a highly subjective...
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