See Now Then

A Novel

Jamaica Kincaid; Read by the author

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In See Now Then, the brilliant and evocative new novel from Jamaica Kincaid—her first in ten years—a marriage is revealed in all it’s 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 and Father, 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 a 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, nominated for a PEN / Faulkner Award for fiction, Jamaica Kincaid has demonstrated a unique talent for seeing beyond and through the surface of things. In SEE NOW THEN, she envelops the listener in a world that is both familiar and startling—creating her most emotionally and thematically daring work yet.

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See now then, the dear Mrs. Sweet who lived with her husband Mr. Sweet and their two children, the beautiful Persephone and the young Heracles in the Shirley Jackson house, which was in a small village in New England. The house, the Shirley Jackson house, sat on a knoll, and from a window Mrs. Sweet could look down on the roaring waters of the Paran River as it fell furiously and swiftly out of the lake, a man-made lake, also named Paran; and looking up, she could see surrounding her, the mountains named Bald and Hale and Anthony, all part of the Green Mountain Range; and

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Work in Progress » Blog Archive » Jamaica Kincaid & Jonathan Galassi
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; Read by the author

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.

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See Now Then
A Novel
Jamaica Kincaid; Read by the author

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Hurston/Wright LEGACY Award - Finalist

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
February 2013
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427226501
ISBN10: 1427226504
$14.99

Unabridged Compact Disc

Unabridged  Compact Disc
Macmillan Audio
February 2013
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427226495
ISBN10: 1427226490
Audio Run Time: 7:00
$29.99

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Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
February 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374180560
ISBN10: 0374180563
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages
$24.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
February 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374534363
ISBN10: 0374534365
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
February 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466827684
ISBN10: 1466827688
192 pages
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