Synopses & Reviews
In 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 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 Kincaids 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.
"Literary critics that have hailed Kincaid's fiction can add another accolade to the author's list: stellar audiobook narration. In this audio edition of her slender, long-awaited new novel, Kincaid is on secure footing as narrator, her lilting voice giving life to her prose. Her heroine is a writer who marries and has children with a self-centered musician who secretly dreams of killing her and decapitating their son, Heracles. The novel's abrupt shifts between past and present can be occasionally jarring for the print reader, as the nonlinear plot collapses current and decades-old events into an almost stream-of-consciousness story of family and betrayal. In the audiobook, the same material can easily be followed, and Kincaid's skill as a raconteur draws listeners into her story. An FSG hardcover." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Writers wish for perfect readers, but readers wish even harder for perfect writers and rarely find them . . . Jamaica Kincaid is about as perfect as it's possible to be.” —Carolyn See, The Washington Post
About 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.