Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday--Long-Awaited Jamaica Kincaid Novel

The Waiting on Wednesday concept is a weekly feature of the Breaking the Spine blog.  It's a great way to share information about a forthcoming title that is on my radar screen with other readers.

Today's anticipated book:
See Now Then: A Novel
See Now Then
by Jamaica Kincaid
Publication Date:  February 5, 2013
Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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In See Now Then, the brilliant and evocative new novel from Jamaica Kincaid—her first in ten years—a marriage is revealed in all its joys and agonies. This piercing examination of the manifold ways in which the passing of time operates on the human consciousness unfolds gracefully, and Kincaid inhabits each of her characters—a mother, a father, and their two children, living in a small village in New England—as they move, in their own minds, between the present, the past, and the future:  for, as she writes, “the present will be now then and the past is now then and the future will be a now then.” Her characters, constrained by the world, despair in their domestic situations. But their minds wander, trying to make linear sense of what is, in fact, nonlinear. See Now Then is Kincaid’s attempt to make clear what is unclear, and to make unclear what we assumed was clear: that is, the beginning, the middle, and the end.

Since the publication of her first short-story collection, At the Bottom of the River, which was nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, Kincaid has demonstrated a unique talent for seeing beyond and through the surface of things. In See Now Then, she envelops the reader in a world that is both familiar and startling—creating her most emotionally and thematically daring work yet.

My thoughts:  I am drawn to books that examine marital and familial relationships in depth over time, and look forward to this particular novel--with its intriguing title--from a renowned writer.  
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  1. These kinds of books are my favorites, too, Catherine...I can't seem to get enough of them! I'm adding this one to my list.

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