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    DescriptionIn "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.


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    Title
    See Now Then
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jamaica Kincaid
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 148 mm
    Height: 214 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 304 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780374180560
    ISBN 10: 0374180563
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 78
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    DC22: 813/.54
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC025000
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC045000
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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 34
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: G1
    B&T Approval Code: A25975000, P26104623
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    LC classification: PR9275.A583 K56384 2013
    Edition
    1
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    Farrar Straus Giroux
    Imprint name
    Farrar Straus Giroux
    Publication date
    15 February 2013
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    Praise for "See Now Then ""Writers make uncomfortable kin . . . There's a reflex in every writer that trumps even the maternal instinct, a part of her that, even while her newborn suckles at her breast, is cold-eyed, choosing words to describe the pit-bull clamp of its gums, the crusted globe of its skull, with the same dispassion which she might describe fellow passengers on a bus . . . The intimate treachery, the permanent duality that this entails . . . are lucidly examined in Jamaica Kincaid's latest novel . . . Kincaid has the gift of endowing common experience with a mythic ferocity... [She] is one of our most scouringly vivid writers." --Fernanda Eberstadt, "New York Times Book Review ""Chaucer's Wife of Bath meets Virginia Woolf! . . . With the intensity of Virginia Woolf, Kincaid creates a palimpsest of time past, time present and time future . . . Mrs. Sweet in these pages makes a verbal symphony . . . Kincaid's attempt to capture living itself may just be, as she puts it, 'always just out of reach, ' but her talent for trying remains palpable on every page . . . Connoisseurs will find it delicious." --Alan Cheuse, "Chicago Tribune," Book of the Month"See Now Then is not simply a recounting of the entanglement, disappointment, betrayal, and quiescence that are the four corners of the institution of marriage, though it does that with great facility. I read it as a brilliant unpicking of the intricate tapestry of time, the time that it takes to get from one place to another, from being single and full of promise to being discarded and ridiculed, and all the dances in-between: the sultry samba of innocence, the salsa tempo of dreams, the slow tango of motherhood, the quickstep of parenthood, and the graceful sway of bowing off a stage from which one has been effectively, if impolitely, excused. It is about marriage, and it is about everything else . . . Long paragraphs running into pages at times, give us both history and context, a life live