Mr. Potter

A Novel

Jamaica Kincaid

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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The story of an ordinary man, his century, and his home: “Kincaid’s most poetic and affecting novel to date” (Robert Antoni, The Washington Post Book World)

Jamaica Kincaid’s first obssession, the island of Antigua, comes vibrantly to life under the gaze of Mr. Potter, an illiterate taxi chauffeur who makes his living along the roads that pass through 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.
Ignoring the legacy of his father, a poor fisherman, and his mother, who committed suicide, Mr. Potter struggles to live at ease amid his surroundings: to purchase a car, to have girlfriends, and 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, Kincaid breathes life into a figure unlike any other in contemporary fiction, an individual consciousness emerging gloriously out of an unexamined life.

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  Mr. Potter
And that day, the sun was in its usual place, up above and in the middle of the sky, and it shone in its usual way so harshly bright, making even the shadows pale, making even the shadows seek shelter; that day the sun was in its usual place, up above and in the middle of the sky, but Mr. Potter did not note this, so accustomed was he to this, the sun in its usual place, up above and in the middle of the sky; if the sun had not been in its usual place, that would have made a great big change in Mr. Potter’s day, it would have meant rain, however briefly such a thing,

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“Kincaid has, magically, transformed the reader’s consciousness, so we realize with a shock that we’ve moved, with the narrator, from a coldhearted contempt for Mr. Potter to a kind of purified, unsentimental sympathy.” —Ben Neihart, The Sun (Baltimore)

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Authors and Editors in Conversation Jonathan Galassi: Jamaica, this is your first novel in a decade. How has your writing changed in the intervening period and what have you been thinking about in terms of writing? Jamaica Kincaid: ?...
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Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid’s most recent book is Talk Stories (FSG, 2001), a volume of her New Yorker writings. In 2000 she was awarded the Prix Fémina Étranger for My Brother (FSG, 1997). She lives in Vermont with her family.

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Mr. Potter
A Novel
Jamaica Kincaid

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
July 2003
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ISBN: 9780374706166
ISBN10: 0374706166
144 pages
$9.99

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
July 2003
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ISBN: 9780374528744
ISBN10: 0374528748
4 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches, 208 pages
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