Jamaica Kincaid, is an American essayist, gardening writer and novelist famous for her innovative ways of portraying family relationships and her native place. At the early stage of her career she interviewed ‘Gloria Steinem’ and wrote a series of articles inspired by the interview. She further went on to work as a freelancer and finally landed up as a staff writer in ‘The New Yorker’ magazine. She developed as a writer and was promoted to be a feature columnist and eventually became an editor. She quit her job at ‘New Yorker’ to pursue a career as a novelist. Through her novels she portrayed her experiences of life and her family relationships. She has also written about colonialism, which reflects her anger towards the consequences. She also wrote many short stories and essays. Her collection of short stories ‘At the Bottom of the River’ was critically appreciated and was honored by ‘Morton Dauwen Zabel Award’ which was her first award. She further won many awards including the ‘American Book Award’ for her novel ‘See Now Then’. Her writings covered several subjects and viewpoints. Whatever she has said or written is quoted extensively. Go through this collection of quotes by Jamaica Kincaid that beautifully defines racism, relationships and life.
The inevitable is no less a shock just because it is inevitable.
I understood that I was inventing myself, and that I was doing this more in the way of a painter than in the way of a scientist. I could not count on precision or calculation; I could only count on intuition.
That is how I came to think that heavy and hard was the beginning of living, real living; and though I might not end up with a mark on my cheek, I had no doubt that I would end up with a mark somewhere.
But mostly I had books - so many books, and they were mine; I would not have to part with them. It had always been a dream of mine to just own a lot of books, to never part with a book once I had read it.