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From the award-winning author of Annie John comes a brilliant look at colonialism and its effects in Antigua.

“If you go to Antigua as a tourist, this is what you will see. If you come by aeroplane, you will land at the V. C. Bird International Airport. Vere Cornwall (V. C.) Bird is the prime minister of Antigua. You may be the sort of tourist who would wonder why a prime minister would want an airport named after him—why not a school, why not a hospital, why not some great public monument. You are a tourist and you have not yet seen …”

So begins Jamaica Kincaid’s expansive essay, which shows us what we have not yet seen of the ten-by-twelve-mile island in the British West Indies where she grew up.

Lyrical, sardonic, and forthright by turns, in a Swiftian mode, A Small Place cannot help but amplify our vision of one small place and all that it signifies.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A jeremiad of great clarity and force that one might have called torrential were the language not so finely controlled.”

    Salman Rushdie

  • “Ms. Kincaid writes with passion and conviction…[with] a poet’s understanding of how politics and history, private and public events, overlap and blur.”

    New York Times

  • “A rich and evocative prose that is also both urgent and poetic…Kincaid is a witness to what is happening in our West Indian back yards. And I trust her.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “In a book as brief (96 pages), swift, and stinging as a viper’s strike, Kincaid makes her nonfiction debut…This electrifying work is a new classic in the literature of hate—and of love, for a tortured land and for the possibility, albeit dim, of changing things.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Rather than interpret Antiguan experience for outsiders, Kincaid lays bare the limits of her own understanding. She asks us to grasp the crime of empire in a new way, stressing that it can be understood only from a post-colonial point of view…Antiguans, she effectively demonstrates, are ordinary people saddled with an unthinkable but unbreachable past.”

    Library Journal

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