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A great writer’s lush, panoramic novel: the story of an ordinary man, his century, and his home.

Jamaica Kincaid’s first obsession, the island of Antigua, comes vibrantly to life under the gaze of Mr. Potter, an illiterate taxi chauffeur who makes his living along the wide, open roads that pass the only towns he has ever seen and the graveyard where he will be buried. The sun shines squarely overhead, the ocean lies on every side, and suppressed passion fills the air.

Misery infects the unstudied, slow pace of this island and of Mr. Potter’s days. As the narrative unfolds in linked vignettes, his story becomes the story of a vital, crippled community. Kincaid strings together a moving picture of Mr. Potter’s ancestors—beginning with memories of his father, a poor fisherman, and his mother, who committed suicide—and the outside world that presses in on his life, in the form of his Lebanese employer and, later, a couple fleeing World War II. Within these surroundings, Mr. Potter struggles to live at ease: to purchase a car, to have girlfriends, to shake off the encumbrance of his daughters—one of whom will return to Antigua after he dies and tell his story with equal measures of distance and sympathy.

In Mr. Potter, her most luminous, ambitious work to date, Kincaid breathes life into a figure unlike any in contemporary fiction, an individual consciousness emerging gloriously out of an unexamined life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kincaid’s most poetic and affecting novel to date.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “As in her previous books, Kincaid has exquisite control over her narrator’s deep-seated rage, which drives the story but never overpowers it and is tempered by a clear-eyed sympathy. Her prose here is more incantatory and hypnotic than ever…[A] taut and often spellbinding novel.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “All human beings ‘are made up of their past’ in the deepest sense, Kincaid observes, yet, as her angry and sad, ultimately merciful and cathartic novel dramatizes and proves, the vicious cycle of lovelessness can be broken.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Like Kincaid’s previous works, Mr. Potter is full of disillusion; the narrator sees through the world to the paradox at its center, acknowledging a dialectic in which ‘your joy is your sorrow, your joy has not turned to sorrow, your joy was always your sorrow.’ The result is vivid and affecting reading.”

    Library Journal

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