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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.
“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
“If a voice could have a texture, Kincaid’s would be that of velvet. Musically accented and richly sonorous, her tone is perfect for her latest novel, a story that alternately meanders and leaps, echoes and twists. Sometimes that velvet voice is draped over a deadly fist…Other times the velvet shines with writing that sounds more like poetry than prose. Once the author’s rhythm becomes clear to the listener, her distinctive writing style is well suited to the audiobook format.” – AudioFile Magazine
“[Kincaid’s] soothing Caribbean accent gives this audiobook an appropriately rhythmic and authentic feel…this audio version is read just as the author intended: in her tone, and at the proper pace, and with the proper inflection. This story is a beautiful and heart-wrenching account of a family falling to pieces as it continues to stay together, and Jamaica Kincaid succeeds in presenting it in an interesting and compelling way.” – New World Review
“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…Kincaid’s skill as a raconteur draws listeners into her story.” – Publishers Weekly
“Kincaid, who narrates, has a lovely speaking voice.” – Library Journal
“The rich, lilting rhythms of Kincaid’s voice as she reads her recently published novel, about the exorcism of an unhappy marriage, take us deep inside the writer’s tender heart and tropical imagination.” – More